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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View all 14 comments. When a market fails: Sanjeev Kotnala You off reach me at netkot yahoo. Another part of the book shows that people need to feel their work is meaningful. If I was feeling cruel I think I would say that Behavioural Economics is a series of fascinating ideas in search of an over-arching theory.

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Dan Ariely – – Harper. These questions are covered in the first part of the book with simple narrative and with numerous examples. What Statistics Contributes to Practical Reasoning. Why is there such a big difference between what we think will make us happy and what really makes us happy? All told, I loved this book, as I expected I would. Aug 05, Lester rated it liked it. And this is the sort of “heavy” stuff you will definitely not find in this type of book.

Way Chuang Sort of. If I see the suffering of the masses, I dam not act. Request removal from index. People need meaning in their lives and structuring their work so that it is meaningful is the best way to increase their performance, which is also why we tend not to give money to ‘save the planet’ causes as much as we give to find Snuggles, the lost puppy ratioality.

Ariely’s goal is twofold: Ariely rationaoity a knack for making me reevaluate how I act and consider things. The I thoroughly enjoyed Ariely’s previous book Predictably Irrational: Dan Ariely adds his own experiences, esp. That we are calculating machines,striving for maximizing economic utility,always following our best rationalityy.


So yeah, it does arieyl back memories and this makes Dan’s book an honor to be read and reviewed again. Many a times you will feel as if Ariely is explaining the ideas of this book to you over a conversation without it getting stale or jpside academic. Nevertheless, they do get the reader to think and getting to think is a good part of the reason why one reads in the first place. The problem is that sometimes how we make meaning of the world is either self-serving or flawed due to predictable biases we have.

In this first section, Ariely also tackles revenge companies could save a lot of money if they really understood the value of a sincere apology and meaningful work even well-compensated people will get depressed if you ignore their work or make it appear useless.

Jan 06, Greg rated it really liked it Shelves: Ariely writes about behavioral economics: Ariely and company send researchers rationaljty villages in India to measure the surprising effect of extravagant rewards on task performance. But it finally came in, and I tore through it in two or three upsive.

Many examples are recycled and I felt unsure if this was the same book I had already read. Its basic problem is that it is a bit like Atheism — it is essentially oppositional. Unfortunately, an engaging style doesn’t quite make up for upsice of the book’s obvious weaknesses. It changes us and the way we evaluate that object.

Dan Ariely is one of rationalit 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 had to wait so long for it to be available at my library. Do people satisfy themselves with compensation despite having no attachment for the work they are performing?

Dan Ariely is the James B. Long-term effect of short-term emotions such as anger, jealousy etc – how our decisions are impacted. Jan 05, Cat rated it did not like it Shelves: The people who packaged, sold and bought mortgages as CDOs did not qriely up because of anxiety induced by large bonuses.


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View all 4 comments. Aug 23, Carol Moore rated it really liked it. Books by Dan Ariely. Following on the heels of Ariely’s first book, Predictably IrrationalTationality Upside of Irrationality charts ways in which we humans are not the rational, careful beings economists tell us we are.

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

ratiionality He served in the Israeli army and From Wikipedia: His research focuses on discovering and measuring how people make decisions. Rather than simply reporting on the research of others, the author himself conducted the many psychology experiments described in his book. Nevertheless I still found most of the themes echoing with my experience.

Compare how much money you’d give to a neighbor with cancer who lost his job compared to millions of kids with malaria in Africa. That we are calculating machines,striving for maximizing economic utility,always following our be Dan Ariely,a great teacher,writer and,above all,a leading figure in the fields of social science and behavioral economics,proves once again to be da man! Even though all of us work for a sala Since long I have wanted to add a gist of review of this book, chapter-wise so that I could look up later.

Aug 28, Kanti Brahma rated it liked it. Now, in The Upside of Irrationalityhe exposes the surprising negative and positive effects irrationality can have on our lives. After reading all the three books, I have this feeling that the examples used, the experiments mentioned and some of the themes are starting to repeat in different places. The book can drag in places – as you will go through the same structure for chapter after chapter.