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

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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.



Title : The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home
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ISBN : 0061995037
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 352 pages


Reviews


David rated it ★★★☆☆

July 04, 2010

I had a sufficiently positive impression of Dan Ariely from his first book, Predictably Irrational, to be willing to give this one a try. My residual impression from the earlier book was of a smart, likable guy, with a knack for designing clever experiments to capture the irrational side of human...


Poonam rated it ★★★★☆

February 10, 2013

Since long I have wanted to add a gist of review of this book, chapter-wise so that I could look up later. Part 1 - Work-related Irrationalities 1. Big Bonuses don't work. (Which means CEO high salaries aren't quite logical.) Oh, but this is no way a bad news for your rewards and recognition progra...


Trevor rated it ★★★★★

June 22, 2010

It is possible that I give far too many books five stars. Oh well. There is a lovely bit in Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined Americawhere Barbara is at a conference of those who would have us wear badges with smiley-faces stuck in our lapels were they...


Paul rated it ★★★☆☆

May 14, 2011

Another good read from Dr. Ariely; however, I very much more enjoyed his first book (Predictably Irrational) over this one. Maybe I was in a more "critical" frame of mind when reading this, but a couple of the early chapters left me with some questions. In Chapter 2, he discusses the concept of “c...


Loy rated it ★★★☆☆

July 10, 2013

Loy Machedo's Book Review - The Upside of Irrationality by Dan Ariely There have a couple of books on Behavioral Economics that I have read over the last 2 years. A few of my favorites being: 1. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, 2. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side o...


Jill rated it ★★★★★

May 22, 2013

Ariely writes about behavioral economics: "We don't assume that people are perfectly sensible, calculating machines. Instead, we observe how people actually behave, and quite often our observations lead us to the conclusion that human beings are irrational." No one ever admits to being irrational,...


David rated it ★★★★☆

March 29, 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed Ariely's previous book Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, and this book is excellent as well. There are many "pop-psychology" books on the market these days, but one thing sets this book off from the rest. Rather than simply reporting on the r...


Lester rated it ★★★☆☆

August 05, 2013

I have read the three books by Dan Ariely, Preidctably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality and The Honest Truth About Dishonesty. After reading all the three books, I have this feeling that the examples used, the experiments mentioned and some of the themes are starting to repeat in different...


Miguel rated it ★★★★☆

July 29, 2010

This is definitely not "The Myth of Sisyphus" nor does it pretend to be. The main attraction of Ariely's books is Ariely himself. He is sort of a cuddly pop Montaigne who writes his persona constantly into the text. The author-persona --a self-deprecating, humorous Israeli-American academic who s...


Julie rated it ★★★★☆

January 04, 2011

Dan Ariely is one of my favorite non-fiction writers, so I was excited to find out that he'd come out with a new book, The Upside of Irrationality, and frustrated that I had to wait so long for it to be available at my library. But it finally came in, and I tore through it in two or three days. Fo...





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