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Assessing Jordan B. Peterson’s Contribution to the Psychology of Well-Being: A Book Review of 12 Rules for Life | Dr. Paul Wong
This article first critically examines the Jordan B. Peterson phenomenon and the popular appeal of his book, 12 Rules of Life. It then evaluates this book’s contribution to the psychology of well-being in four areas: (a) the psychology of religious values; (b) the importance of personal responsibility; (c) accepting suffering as the foundation for well-being; and (d) the process of meaning based on personal sacrifice and negotiating a balance between chaos and order. Finally, it examines empirical support for his ideas as well as his contribution to the emerging existential positive psychology. Finally, implications for the future of positive psychology research and interventions are discussed.