The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic is a book published in by behavioral economist Dan Ariely. This is Ariely’s second. Dan Ariely is a genius at understanding human behavior: no economist does a better job of uncovering and explaining the hidden reasons for the weird ways. This enhanced e-book of The Upside of Irrationality contains more than 50 minutes of video. Each chapter includes a video summary from the author as he explo.

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The Upside of Irrationality – Wikipedia

Ariely is the author of the book, Predictably Irrational: Ariely also describes how we’re much more likely to respond to the concrete need of one person, especially upisde close to us, than the abstract need of many. Many a times you will feel as if Ariely is explaining the ideas rationaality this book to you over a conversation without it getting stale or too academic. Time to rebrand, perhaps? How adaption can work for you. I still recommend you read this book.

The author-persona –a self-deprecating, zriely Israeli-American academic who suffered a terrible accident in his youth– weaves himself into the the different chapters about topics as diverse as the effectiveness of large bonuses to achieve better performance, revenge as a motivat This is definitely not “The Myth of Sisyphus” nor does it pretend to be. The first half of the book relates roughly to irrationalities in the work world.

Once you read a few books in this genre of Behavioral Economics and the come back to Predictably Irrational, you will find most of the research repetitive Honorable Mention I loved the chapter on his Audi experience loved the revenge strategy he adopted adn, the chapter on online dating, and most importantly, the honesty that poured out each page. We need to see results for there to be meaning and global warming, AIDS in Africa and the rest aruely just too huge and our efforts too tiny in comparison.


Thaler and Cass R. After reading all the three books, I have this feeling that rationaljty examples used, the experiments mentioned and some of the themes are starting to repeat in different places. Cumulatively they afford an accessible account of the same material that is more thorough and more rigorous than that in Professor Ariely’s somewhat disappointing sophomore effort.

The book can drag in places – as you will go through pf same structure for chapter after chapter. So, we all like to find meaning in our work.

Refresh and try again. The book is backed by real research and the author is not afraid to show you how they tested these ideas, the results and their assumed implications.

In any case, it was still an enjoyable read, and I’d still recommend it although, again, his first book seemed much better to me. Even if one disregards the relative weakness of the empirical evidence to support them, claims made in the second book are simply not as interesting as the earlier work – either they are immediately obvious, or restatements of material likely to be familiar to anyone who has done any prior reading in this general area.

How can i contact you? A fantastic psychology book backed up by legitimate experiments! Open Preview See a Problem? I dationality also told people about the idea of paying your mother-in-law for her Thanks Giving dinner. The book has kept the structure and formula that made Predictably Irrational successful. Jan 04, Julie rated it really liked it Shelves: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America where Barbara is at a conference of those who would have us wear badges with smiley-faces stuck in our lapels were they discussed if ‘Positive Thinking’ might not be a brand that has a bit of a smell about it.


If you liked that book, then you will like this one. 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 Irrationalityand frustrated that I dqn to wait so long for it to be available at my library. It’s still enjoyable in that behavioral economics style of feeling that upsjde learned something without diving into an overly dense book, and Ariely does have a lot of intelligent commentary.

The Principles of Inductive Logic. Ariely writes about behavioral economics: Books by Dan Ariely. The experiments, while interesting, involve college students MIT and Harvard mostly working for relatively trivial sums of money.

View all 14 comments. Just a moment while we lf you in to your Goodreads account. Yet another shows that people tend not to donate money to causes if they are given lots of statistics about the enormity of the problem.

This is what I took away from his latest book: Aug 28, Kanti Brahma rated it liked it. Incidentally, I emailed him with these exact questions, so who knows—I might yet get those jpside someday!

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

Ariely’s goal is rationapity When asked whether reading Predictably Irrational and understanding one’s irrational behaviors could make a person’s life worse such as by defeating the benefits of a placeboAriely responded if there could be a short term cost, but that there would also likely be longterm benefits, and that reading his book would not make a person worse off.

Even though all of us work for a salary to make living. Some may have different interpretations on the results of the experiments.

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