Summary of The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty
Copyright © 2012 by Dan Ariely. Published by arrangement with Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
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Dan Ariely admits he’s a liar and a cheat, just like everybody else. The author and social scientist humbly uses his own stories – along with plenty of research – to illustrate factors that motivate cheating and lying. Citing fairly simple experiments, Ariely shows how one little lie leads to another and another. For example, he once skipped a long airport line by exaggerating a medical condition to obtain a wheelchair. He fell so hard for his own lie that he became indignant about the airport’s poor accommodations for his ailment. Ariely is a precise writer and an excellent storyteller. Despite some redundancies, getAbstract recommends this book to liars, to cheaters, to the managers who put up with them and to you, the only honest person on Earth.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why everyone cheats,
- Why you still believe you’re a good person despite your lies, and
- What you can do to prevent lying and cheating in your company.
About the Author
Dan Ariely is the James B. Duke professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University. He wrote The Upside of Irrationality and Predictably Irrational.