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The (honest) Truth About Dishonesty

How We Lie to Everyone---especially Ourselves
Ariely, Dan (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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The author, a behavioral economist challenges our preconceptions about dishonesty; we all cheat, whether it is copying a paper in the classroom, or white lies on our expense accounts. He explores how unethical behavior works in the personal, professional, and political worlds, and how it affects all of use, even as we think of ourselves as having high moral standards. He explores the question of dishonesty from Washington to Wall Street, and the classroom to the workplace, to examine why cheating is so prevalent and what can be done to prevent it.
Authors: Ariely, Dan
Title: The (honest) truth about dishonesty
how we lie to everyone---especially ourselves
Published: New York : Harper, [2012], ©2012.
Characteristics: xiii, 285 pages ;,24 cm
Contents: Why is dishonesty so interesting?
Testing the simple model of rational crime (SMORC)
Fun with the fudge factor
Golf
Blinded by our own motivations
Why we blow it when we're tired
Why wearing fakes makes us cheat more
Cheating ourselves
Creativity and dishonesty: we are all storytellers
Cheating as an infection: how we catch the dishonesty germ
Collaborative cheating: why two heads aren't necessarily better than one
A semioptimistic ending: people don't cheat enough!
Summary: The author, a behavioral economist challenges our preconceptions about dishonesty; we all cheat, whether it is copying a paper in the classroom, or white lies on our expense accounts. He explores how unethical behavior works in the personal, professional, and political worlds, and how it affects all of use, even as we think of ourselves as having high moral standards. He explores the question of dishonesty from Washington to Wall Street, and the classroom to the workplace, to examine why cheating is so prevalent and what can be done to prevent it.
Local Note: 1 2
ISBN: 9780062183590
0062183591
9780062183613
0062183613
9780062196347
Branch Call Number: 177.3 ARI
Statement of Responsibility: Dan Ariely
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: Honesty. Truthfulness and falsehood.
Topical Term: Honesty.
Truthfulness and falsehood.
LCCN: 2012015990
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Sep 12, 2012
  • WalterHughes rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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
  • Tanyaj rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

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
  • JudithE rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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
  • pinkysalmon22 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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