Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home

    By Dan Ariely

The provocative follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Predictably IrrationalWhy can large bonuses make CEOs less productive?How can confusing directions actually help us?Why is revenge so important to us?Why is there such a big difference between what we think will make us happy and what really makes us happy?

In his groundbreaking book Predictably Irrational, social scientist Dan Ariely revealed the multiple biases that lead us into making unwise decisions. Now, in The Upside of Irrationality, he exposes the surprising negative and positive effects irrationality can have on our lives. Focusing on our behaviors at work and in relationships, he offers new insights and eye-opening truths about what really motivates us on the job, how one unwise action can become a long-term habit, how we learn to love the ones we're with, and more.

Drawing on the same experimental methods that made Predictably Irrational one of the most talked-about bestsellers of the past few years, Ariely uses data from his own original and entertaining experiments to draw arresting conclusions about how--and why--we behave the way we do. From our office attitudes, to our romantic relationships, to our search for purpose in life, Ariely explains how to break through our negative patterns of thought and behavior to make better decisions. The Upside of Irrationality will change the way we see ourselves at work and at home--and cast our irrational behaviors in a more nuanced light.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dan Ariely is the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University. He is the founder and director of the Center for Advanced Hindsight. His work has been featured in many outlets, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and others. He lives in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife, Sumi, and their two creative children, Amit and Neta.

    RELATED ARTICLES

JACK COVERT SELECTS: Jack Covert Selects - The Honest Truth about Dishonesty

Posted June 14, 2012, 2:04 PM with category of General Business
The Honest Truth about Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone—Especially Ourselves by Dan Ariely, Harper, 304 pages, $26. 99, Hardcover, June 2012, ISBN 9780062183590 If Dan Ariely’s new book is anything like his last two, it will sell like gangbusters and enlighten a lot of people on a matter of the mind we take for granted, or don’t even stop to consider. And the book, The Honest Truth about Dishonesty, comes at a time when we can use some pause and reflection. Read more

NEWS: Inc's Best Books for Business Owners 2010

Posted December 8, 2010, 4:57 PM with category of General Business
Inc. com offers a wealth of information for business people, particularly small business owners. While many media outlets make end of year lists, Inc's list is particularly geared toward this group of readers. Read more

NEWS: Amazon's Best of 2010

Posted November 4, 2010, 7:28 PM with category of General Business
Amazon has announced their Best of 2010 list, and a business book cracked the top 10 overall choices. Michael Lewis's The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine barely did so, coming in at number 10. (Two other books in the top ten that may appeal to nonfiction readers are The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson, which came in at numbers one and five respectively. Read more

JACK COVERT SELECTS: Jack Covert Selects: The Upside of Irrationality

Posted June 16, 2010, 2:11 PM with category of General Business
The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Home and at Work by Dan Ariely, Harper, 330 Pages, $27. 99 Hardcover, June 2010, ISBN 9780061995033 One of the hardest things to do is to follow up a great success with another one. The expectations are high; the pressure daunting. Read more

NEWS: Do You TED?

Posted June 14, 2010, 3:24 PM with category of General Business
Cruising Twitter this morning, I read a quick mention of a talk on TED ("TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. On TED. com, we make the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free. Read more


    SHARE THIS
Embedicon
 
9780061995033
eBook

  Choose a format
  •   For use in United States   United-states-16

Your price: $8.99/ea

App required iOS or Google Play
DRM Yes
ISBN 9780062008565
Language English
Publish Date 05/31/2010
Publisher HarperCollins

Interested in eBooks?Please read our brief introduction before purchasing.