The Honest Truth about Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone--Especially Ourselves

By Dan Ariely

Dan Ariely, behavioral economist and the New York Times bestselling author of The Upside of Irrationality and Predictably Irrational, examines the contradictory forces that drive us to cheat and keep us honest, in this groundbreaking look at the way we behave: The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty.

From ticket-fixing in our police departments to test-score scandals in our schools, from our elected leaders' extra-marital affairs to the Ponzi schemes undermining our economy, cheating and dishonesty are ubiquitous parts of our national news cycle--and inescapable parts of the human condition.

Drawing on original experiments and research, in the vein of Freakonomics, The Tipping Point, and Survival of the Sickest, Ariely reveals--honestly--what motivates these irrational, but entirely human, behaviors.

Dan Ariely ingeniously and delightfully teases out how people balance truthfulness with cheating to create a reality out of wishful-blindness reality. You ll develop a deeper understanding of your own personal ethics and those of everybody you know. --Mehmet Oz, MD; Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University and host of "The Dr. Oz Show""
"Captivating and astute. . . . In his characteristic spry, cheerful style, Ariely delves deep into the conundrum of human (dis)honesty in the hopes of discovering ways to help us control our behavior and improve our outcomes."--Publishers Weekly
"Ariely raises the bar for everyone. In the increasingly crowded field of popular cognitive science and behavioral economics, he writes with an unusual combination of verve and sagacity."--Washington Post


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About the Mass Market Paperbound

Publisher Harper
Publish date 03/01/2013
Pages 304
ISBN-13 9780062253002
ISBN-10 006225300X
Language English