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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 41 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Audible.com Release Date: June 5, 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0088UTEG0
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The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone - Especially Ourselves Audible – Unabridged
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This book is good, but frankly it is not as good as Ariely's prior books. Predictably Irrational broke new ground in terms of the understanding behavioral economics. This book builds on that understanding. It repeats some of the same points and remains focused on the issue of dishonesty in all its forms. Fans of Ariely's books will enjoy this extension of his published body of knowledge. For people who are new to Ariely and behavioral economics I would strongly recommend starting with Predictably Irrational.
Ariely shares the studies, their design and evidence to support the conclusions around dishonesty. This makes the ideas and conclusions convincing and clear, as you understand their source.
Ariely tells stories that help build the context around the studies and their findings. This not only makes for an entertaining and engaging read, but also an informative one.
The book is comprehensive looking at the issues of dishonest in different situations, contexts and settings.Read more ›
Ariely sets the stage by pointing out the limitations of the traditional Simple Model of Rational Crime that hinges on cost/benefit analyses and re-introducing the "fudge factor" from his earlier works. Using a mix of previously discussed experiments and a few new ones, he visits the role of honor codes, position of signatures, role of "tokens" to lead to an important insight central to this book that has potential implications for policy makers. This theme is further illustrated using golf as the context.Read more ›
As it turns out, most men and women do not do a cost-benefit analysis and decide, "Since I can commit fraud and get away with it, I'll do whatever I want--embezzle, fudge figures, plagiarize, take things that aren't mine, etc." Those of us who have a conscience and want to feel good about ourselves will probably hesitate before committing serious transgressions. Dishonesty is complex and may be connected to such factors as our level of fatigue; our perception of who is watching us; whether we are alone or part of a group; how connected we feel to our deeds; and even how creative we are.
"The Honest Truth" is a relatively jargon-free, lighthearted, and humorous look at a serious subject. The good news is that we are not all hard-wired to do the wrong thing. However, since "most of us need little reminders to keep ourselves on the right path," it does not hurt to make changes (such as regulations to reduce conflicts of interest) that might reduce the temptation to rationalize our misbehavior. Ariely's conclusions are not all groundbreaking or even particularly surprising. However, they do provide food for thought and could provoke an enlightening discussion about ethics and human psychology. Comment | Permalink
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Using this as a textbook for a class. Great discussion starter. Accessible read for everyone.Published 7 days ago by Laurel Halsey
Some of the experiments are confusing. For example, the matrix control group has four correct answers at the beginning, and seven later on, without explanation. Read morePublished 19 days ago by nimerus
I loved this book. It shows you why people act (dishonesty) and what makes us make mistakes. It also teach us how to prevent dishonesty and keep the right path.Published 2 months ago by Csoberanis
I had hoped there would be a lot more depth to the topic, but the findings could really be summed up in the matter of a chapter. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Anonymity Please
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