The (honest) Truth About Dishonesty

The (honest) Truth About Dishonesty

How We Lie to Everyone---especially Ourselves

Book - 2012
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Dan Ariely examines the irrational forces that we think don't matter but which often make a big difference in whether we behave ethically, or not: from Enron to padding resumes; from political bribery to buying knock-offs; to why some things are easier to steal or lie about; how getting caught matters less than we think; how we balance truthfulness with cheating; how business paves the way for unethical behaviour, despite emphasizing transparency and full disclosure. Ariely identifies what keeps us honest, pointing the way for achieving higher ethics in our everyday lives.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2012.
ISBN: 9780062183590
Characteristics: xiii, 285 p., [2] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.) ;,24 cm.


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Sep 12, 2012

Isn't this a topic which interests you! Based upon research on students and bar-goers so far as I can tell, little exercises on which he bases his conclusions. Uncertain as to how well the results can be extended into the real world. Nor does he speak of the distribution of results, or of the survey size. Thus, the conclusions are shallow and limited. I agree that this could have been written up in a more condensed format.

Jul 26, 2012

Although the research that the author did was interesting, I felt this easily could have been summarized in an essay. This book was fluffed up and stretched into a book. I felt like it was a bit of waste of time to read the whole thing... I didn't even finish it. It's frustrating to read something that is interesting, but dragged out beyond belief...

Jul 21, 2012

Really good. Based on research done by the author. The major finding is that everyone cheats a little, if they won't be caught, but only to the extent that they can still think about themselves as honest. Interesting stuff that it pays employers and others to keep in mind.


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Jul 28, 2012

From the chapter "Why Wearing Fakes Makes Us Cheat More":

"Did the presumed fakeness of the product make the women cheat more than they naturally would? Or did the genuine Chloe label make them behave mroe honestly than they would otherwise? In other words, which was more powerful: the negative self-signaling in the fake condition or the positive self-signaling in the authentic condition?"

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