January 15, 2020

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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Jan 15, Arielg rated it liked it. This area of investigation has risen to prominence over the past 5 to 10 years, there is now a flood of titles on the market, whi I puside a sufficiently positive impression of Dan Ariely from his first book, Predictably Irrationalto be willing to give this one a try. A series of hypotheses with regards to human behavior under the control of psychological quirks such as revenge, self-herding, etc.

That we are calculating machines,striving for maximizing economic utility,always following our best interest. Added upsidd PP index Total downloads 3of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads? So, we all like to find meaning in our work. He also highlights how such acts sometimes fall into the right place in the long run. On the one side,find artificial solutions for negative flaws such as procrastination and our limited empathy and on the other,embrace our positive ones such as our need arielyy autonomy and meaning in labor.

The Power of Habit: It is possible that I give far too many books five stars.

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Some may have different interpretations on the results of the rationaity. John Venn – – New York: All told, I loved this raionality, as I expected I would. Using the first origami auction, he clearly shows that creators valued their creations more than the passersby, but admittedly, not what caused the disparity in the evaluations. A continuation of his previous book, except this time the focus is on how being irrational can be a good thing. He models the human decision making process and in particular the irrational decisions that we all make every day.


In so doing, companies run the risk of taking away employees’ sense of the big picture, purpose, and sense of completion. Worth spending your time and money for this page book. The second half covers the workings of assortative mating, adaptation, online “dating” and determines success rate, and the overall use of questioning our “gut” reactions and feelings.


The writing style is personal and candid. Instead, I would steer readers to: Creative ways customer seek revenge, for example, a viral video about a hotel’s bad service.

What was it in that result set that pointed him specifically to self-delusion? Lessons from irrationalities – how we should test everything. Like in his last book, Ariely draws from a deep well of research conducted by himself and his colleagues in order to provide context for everything he discusses.

A good book to understand how you and the world upeide you behave in various situations. In his groundbreaking book Predictably Irrationalsocial scientist Dan Ariely revealed the multiple biases that lead us into making unwise decisions.

For the people, who saw their ‘creation’ being demolished right in front of them, they found it difficult to go on with work even though they were being paid.

People tend to connect best when they’re sharing experiences rather than just talking about themselves.

Humans seek meaning – meaning is what matters and is the kpside that holds ratonality of Behavioural Economics together. Levitt and Stephen J. Why big bonuses do not always work – the bonus structure that raises the performance of physical work often freezes out knowledge workers. I am a layman who is a fan of behavioral economics, so Ariely is preaching to the converted and I am therefore inclined to give a positive rating, although sometimes the fluffiness of a book that can be read in under five or six hours makes you long for such a brilliant author to wade into slightly more controversial territory or for his “author-character” to become a little more provocative.


I still recommend you rhe this book. In Chapter 1, Ariely discusses the banking meltdown of and posits that huge bonuses don’t work to incent better performance. Which means CEO high salaries aren’t quite logical. Another part of the book shows that people need to feel their work is meaningful. Dan Ariely comes off as a true expert in his field and this book makes readers or at least this one want to read more of his material.

Even though all of us work for a salary to make living. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. For example, people are prouder of IKEA furniture when they have to assemble it. Ariely does not try to hide the results that contradict his hypotheses; instead, he uses these results as a stepping stone to additional experiments and research.

Most of the conclusions and finding of the book will look logical if you already know that rational man is not so rational. Unfortunately, an engaging style doesn’t quite make up for some of the book’s obvious weaknesses. May 22, Jill rated it it was amazing. In short, everything we do is not as logical as it may seem to us.