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The New York Times bestselling author of Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality returns with thought-provoking work to challenge our preconceptions about dishonesty and urge us to take an honest look at ourselves.
Most of us think of ourselves as honest, but, in fact, we all cheat. From Washington to Wall Street, the classroom to the workplace, unethical behavior is everywhere. None of us is immune, whether it's the white lie to head off trouble or padding our expense reports. In The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty, award-winning, bestselling author Dan Ariely turns his unique insight and innovative research to the question of dishonesty.
Generally, we assume that cheating, like most other decisions, is based on a rational cost-benefit analysis. But Ariely argues, and then demonstrates, that it's actually the irrational forces that we don't take into account that often determine whether we behave ethically or not. For every Enron or political bribe, there are countless puffed résumés, hidden commissions, and knockoff purses. In The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty, Ariely shows why some things are easier to lie about; how getting caught matters less than we think; and how business practices pave the way for unethical behavior, both intentionally and unintentionally. Ariely explores how unethical behavior works in the personal, professional, and political worlds, and how it affects all of us, even as we think of ourselves as having high moral standards.
But all is not lost. Ariely also identifies what keeps us honest, pointing the way for achieving higher ethics in our everyday lives. With compelling personal and academic findings, The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty will change the way we see ourselves, our actions, and others.
Great book, friendly, easy and entertaining to read, while very informative and insightful.Published 9 days ago by Thuong Tran
Good insight on what makes people cheat or rather, what makes us able to cheat a little but still feel like an honest person.Published 10 days ago by Johann Eyfells
As a high school English teacher (EFL), I would love to replace one of the novels in the current curriculum with this book to teach a combination of language skills plus critical... Read morePublished 12 days ago by torene lucia david
If you haven't read this author, he is refreshing and this field is so fun to explore. He has Ted Talks and other videos and is really a fantastic speaker. Read morePublished 22 days ago by C. Tales
If there was a single book that I would rely upon for explaining human behavior, this is it. In the process of reading, I felt a little stupid, a little concerned, and a little... Read morePublished 28 days ago by D. Arnett
This is a long review. I believe it is justified because, based on my reading of the nearly 300 Amazon reviews, a few critical reviewers have hinted at the issues I raise below... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Observer