The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Jun 1, 2010 - Business & Economics - 368 pages
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The provocative follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Predictably Irrational

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  • 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.


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Great insights, clever writing. - Goodreads
Still, really good content and lucid prose. - Goodreads
Ariely is a wonderful writer. - Goodreads
Good insights about life and why we do things. - Goodreads
Very well researched & cited academically. - Goodreads
Great insight on human behavior. - Goodreads

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First trust your intuition, Then learn to doubt it Read full review

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User Review  - Makarand Hazarika - Goodreads

Probably I should have read Predictably Irrational instead of this. Latest is not always the greatest. I would rate it 2.5 but since that is not allowed I decided to round it off to 3. It's so full of anecdotes I was turned off by it. Not a great book but passable. Read full review

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Mark Twain describes a universal form of stupidity
Part II
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Why We Need to Test Everything

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About the author (2010)

Dan Ariely is the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, and is the founder of the Center for Advanced Hindsight. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and elsewhere. He lives in North Carolina with his family.

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