Rule 12: Pet a Cat When You Encounter One | Jordan Peterson



I'm a dog guy you've met my dog pet a cat when you encounter one and on the street well it's funny that you said you're a dog guy because about the first three pages of the chapter are actually an apology for not in code okay I start by talking about dogs quite a bit obviously but well that is bit autobiographical I talk a fair bit about my daughter in that and she's actually vetted the chapter and helped me write it because I wrote about tragedy really about pain and and well in the pain of caring for someone especially with children you know and what you have to do when you're in a situation where tragic things are happening in front of you and you're somewhat powerless in in the face of them you know and part of that is you have to keep your eyes open for for the little opportunities for the redemptive elements of being to sort of pop themselves up so I talked a little bit about this cat that's across the street named ginger ginger is this Siamese cats really friendly made friends with our dog just by refusing to be afraid they come over and the dog would sort of bark and it would roll over and like pod you know so they were friends in no time and the cat would just come over and like let you pet it and be happy with it for a minute and that's when things are not good and hard then you get these little moments where a little bit of possibility still shines through and you got to take those moments when you get them and so that's what that chapter is about it's about how to manage when things are too much and there's some practical advice in there like one of the things you have to do when things are just going to hell in a handbasket let's say is you got to also shrink your temporal horizon it's like you know you think well I'm planning three months so it's not not if you're on fire you're planning for the next two seconds you know and if things are really harsh in your life someone's suffering around you and you got too many problems it's like you shrink your time frame to the day and you try to or the hour or the minute you say okay well we've got to have the best minute we can have that's a deathbed thing too right it's like you sure you shrink the time until you can handle it there's no not anymore going on in that tiny fragment of time than you can bear that's how you adjust to the catastrophe and you try to stay on your feet and react during those periods of time and so it's a bit of a discussion about how you reconfigure your perceptions of things when when when there's too much pain and trouble in your life so it's it's actually a very positive chapter yeah I know it deals with very you know harsh things it was the most emotional chapter to write I would say and my daughter is actually doing quite well she's figured out a lot of what was wrong with her that's great an amazing tour de force of of concentration and care you know like I can't believe she's managed it so it's a positive thing that the chapter and and you know it's a reminder to look for what's meaningful and soul-satisfying soil sustaining even when you're where you'd rather not be so [Applause] [Applause]

24 thoughts on “Rule 12: Pet a Cat When You Encounter One | Jordan Peterson

  1. IT´S LIKE IN THAT OLD SONG(TO WANT AND TO LOVE) FROM ´´JOSE JOSE´´ A MEXICAN SINGER, WHICH SAYS : ´´THE ONE WHO LOVES CANNOT THINK ,HIS LIFE HE GIVES , THE ONE WHO WANTS TRIES NOT TO SUFFER AND NEVER CRY, WANTING CAN SOON END ,LOVE KNOWS NO ENDING…FOR WE ALL KNOW HOW TO WANT… BUT JUST A FEW DARE TO LOVE…´´..I BELIEVE THAT IS TRUE…DO NOT FEAR TO SHARE LOVE, OUR WORLD WILL TREASURE IT…PEACE…

  2. Bad rule. Some cats carry a virus that affects the human neurological system. Be wary of cats, dogs and monkeys.

  3. I’ve been watching these after every chapter I’ve read over these last two months. I’m sad this is the last one. This has changed my life.

  4. The guy comes up with this amazing metaphor for dealing with the hardships of life. Comments section "I don't like cats".

  5. Bloody Hell! Did he mean that. I followed this advice literally and started to pet a cat on the street. Now when the cat sees me he comes running to me with his meow and wants more.

  6. Cats that want human affection are almost impossible to resist. Not all of them respond well to being touched, though. They may lay down in your path and do a friendliness roll, but they'll still run away if you reach out for them. I think those types of cats are trying to find a middle ground between the perks of being friends with humans and the peer pressure to act feral and self-sufficient to impress their neighbors.

  7. I'm a Jordan fan like HELL YES, I find him right on the money with wisdom and working out how humans behave. So I find it odd that he is getting Hair plugs………….Hasn't he the confidence? is he vain? I never would of thought that worried such a great person……

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