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The Honest Truth About Dishonesty

Dan Ariely

5 mins

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Based on scientific experiments, The Honest Truth About Dishonesty reveals our irrational motivations behind cheating, and how to lessen our conflict between wanting to get ahead, and being good people.


The Honest Truth About Dishonesty

The Honest Truth About Dishonesty

by Dan Ariely


Why do we cheat? What is it that causes us to write test answers on our hands, steal our roommate's food from the fridge, and lie about our age?

In The Honest Truth About Dishonesty, Dan Ariely examines the subject of irrationality and how it influences our tendency to cheat. Ariely is a professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University and he's fascinated by the way we make decisions, especially in an economic context. Are you ready to take an honest a look at your dark side?

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The more cashless our society becomes, the more our moral compass slips.

- Dan Ariely

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