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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Jun 30, David rated it liked it Shelves: How much bonus should be paid to employees performing physical work and mental work? Long-term effect of short-term emotions such as anger, jealousy etc – how our decisions are impacted. Imagine you’re in a good mood and bring flowers to your mother-in-law’s. His new book, The Upside of Irrationality, flips that coin onto its other side and looks at hour our penchant for irrational decision-making can actually benefit us and make us better off.

Jack Vromen jpside – Journal of Economic Methodology 19 3: This is the rational agent model that runs ,for most part,our economy. Ariely also describes how we’re much more likely to respond to the concrete need of one person, especially someone close to us, than the abstract need of many.

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How adaption can work for you. Sometimes the experiments gave unanticipated results–and this was interesting, too!

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.


Dec 27, Hamidreza Amiri rated it really liked it. Science and Practice by Robert B. Here are brief summaries of the chapters. Managing Informal Mathematical Knowledge: From our office attitudes, to our romantic relationships, to our search for purpose in life, Ariely explains how to break through our negative patterns of thought and behavior to make better decisions. This book is a refreshing change from today’s world of rhetoric and inane internet commenting backed up solely by people’s biased opinions.

The main attraction of Ariely’s books is Ariely himself.

The Upside of Irrationality

At times many times Dan Ariely uses “research” consisting of a handful of young people, collected from the not-so-diverse environment of his local Starbucks. Jul 08, Jamie rated it it was amazing.

Compare how much money you’d give to a neighbor with cancer who lost his job compared to millions of kids with rationaligy in Africa. Perhaps the inflated values were in fact a result of mere sentimental attachment and the creators were in fact aware of the inferiority of their creations nonetheless?

Focusing on our behaviors at work and in relationships, he offers new insights and eye-opening truths about what really motivates us on the job, how one unwise action can become a long-term habit, how we learn to love the ones we’re with, and more.

In so doing, companies run the risk of taking away employees’ sense of the big picture, purpose, and sense of completion. Using Legos, he has his candidates build a toy upsude the understanding the toys will be dismantled. He is sort of a cuddly pop Montaigne who writes his persona constantly into the text. 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.


I thoroughly dn Ariely’s previous book Predictably Irrational: Rational Economics also confounds motivation with incentives.

Empathy and emotion – strange phenomenon where we all set out in hordes to help pay for a single person but when it is a genocide or a tragedy involving hundreds and thousands, our capacity to charity sort of diminishes.

Return to Book Page. It is possible that I give far uspide many books five stars. 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. Predictably IrrationalStumbling on Happiness and Nudge.

The results are extremely intriguing and shows how deep our all rationalihy human flaws span,affecting virtually every aspects of ours lives. Why we shouldn’t act on our negative feelings – the reasons and science behind why it really is best to sleep on it. Part 1 – Work-related Irrationalities 1. I think if that is the case then Behavioural Economics may have more to offer than what it does today, a series of often disconnected even if fascinatingly interesting experiments.