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Why is revenge so important to us? Why is there such a big difference between what we think will make us happy and what really makes us happy? In his groundbreaking book Predictably Irrationalsocial scientist Dan Ariely revealed the multiple biases that lead us into making unwise decisions. Now, in The Upside of Irrationalityhe exposes the surprising negative and positive effects irrationality can have on our lives.

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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.

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.

Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Upside of Irrationalityplease sign up. Is this a sequel to “predictably irrational”? Way Chuang Sort of. Though this book is more personal to the author.

The author conducted studies based on his past irrational behaviours. How can i contact you? Sanjeev Kotnala You could reach me at netkot yahoo. See 2 questions about The Upside of Irrationality…. Lists with This Book. Jun 30, David rated it liked it Shelves: I had a sufficiently positive impression of Dan Ariely from his first book, Predictably Irrationalto be willing to give this one a try.

My residual impression from the earlier book was of a smart, likable guy, with a knack for designing clever experiments to capture the irrational side of human behavior, particularly when making decisions with economic consequences. 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 had a sufficiently positive impression of Dan Ariely from his first book, Predictably Irrationalto be willing to give this one a try.

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, which shows no sign of abating in the foreseeable future.

Predictably Irrational holds up well against the competition: Each chapter’s primary message is grounded in, and illustrated by, specific experiments conducted by Ariely and colleagues, and this is the book’s particular strength. Given the strength of Ariely’s first book, and the relatively short interval since its publication, it would be truly surprising if this second book reached the same high standard. A reviewer predisposed to be critical of the author might argue that this is a sequel that is short on substance, presenting results that are either i blindingly obvious e.


That assessment seems unduly harsh to me – the sequel shares some of the positive qualities of the original – primarily Ariely’s clear and engaging style, which guarantees readability at the very least. Unfortunately, an engaging style doesn’t quite make up for some of the book’s obvious weaknesses.

The material in the earlier book was fascinating because most of the results were surprising — counterintuitive or non-obvious — but the experimental work was strong enough to be persuasive. The experimental foundation of the work discussed in the second book is noticeably weaker across the board, at times barely rising about the level of anecdotal data, with the author displaying a regrettable propensity to issue pronouncements of a general nature solely on the basis of his own personal experience.

Even if one disregards the relative weakness of the empirical evidence to support them, claims made in the second book are simply not as interesting as the earlier work – either they are immediately obvious, or restatements of material likely to be familiar to anyone who has done any prior reading in this general area. Finally, there is the unavoidable impression that a significant portion of the material is nothing more than padding the book is studded with space-filling sidebars that are notably lacking in content: The most egregious padding is Ariely’s inclusion of what seems like an endless stream of personal anecdotes from his own life, a feature that severely tests the reader’s patience and is an implicit acknowledgement that this is a book based primarily on anecdotal evidence, rather than hard science.

With these caveats in mind, I quite enjoyed the book.

But I can’t give it a resounding endorsement. Instead, I would steer readers to: Predictably IrrationalStumbling on Happiness and Nudge. Cumulatively they afford an accessible account of the same material that is more thorough and more rigorous than that in Professor Ariely’s somewhat disappointing sophomore effort.

View all 10 comments. Since long I have wanted to add a gist of review of this book, chapter-wise so that I could look up later.

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Part 1 – Work-related Irrationalities 1. Big Bonuses don’t work. Which means CEO high salaries aren’t quite logical. Oh, but this is no way a bad news for your rewards and recognition dab. Bonuses and reward should be just right, not too less that people do not care and not too much that enormity of reward at stake scares your people into failure.

Even though all of us work for a sala Since long I have wanted to add a gist of review of irrationaity book, chapter-wise so that I could look up later.

Even though all of us work for a salary to make living. But we all like to find some meaning in the work. For example, if you are a writer who was paid well to research and complete the book, but if for some reason your book does not see light of the day, it is demotivating even if you were paid well for the job.

Dan Ariely’s team conducts experiments where they pay people to create Lego blocks. 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. So, we all like to find meaning in our work. Ikea furniture works because we overvalue what we ourselves make. We kind of take pride in our creations even if it be a simple origami. Ikea works its not too complicated and yet it gives your bask in that pride that comes when you create your own thing.


How sometimes we pass up great ideas because they weren’t ours. We didn’t think them.

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So many times, wise aegis is that make your bosses feel that the idea came from them. Why revenge gives us pleasure? Why we punish when we feel things have been unjust. Creative ways customer seek revenge, for example, a viral video about a hotel’s bad service. How sometimes apologies can be powerful. Part 2 – Home-related irrationalities 1.

Human power of adaptation. Or, adaption when your prized possessions no longer bring you happiness. How adaption can work for you. Hot or Not site, interesting dating patterns. More on online dating sites. 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.

Long-term effect of short-term emotions such as anger, jealousy etc – how our decisions are impacted. Lessons from irrationalities – how we should test everything.

In short, everything we do is not as logical as it may seem to us. View all 4 comments. Jun 18, Trevor rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is possible that I give far too many books five stars. There is a lovely bit in Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America where Barbara is at a conference adiely those who would have us wear badges with smiley-faces stuck in our lapels were they discussed if ‘Positive Thinking’ might not be a brand that has a bit of a smell about it.

Time to rebrand, perhaps? Re-branding is, after all, the solution to all of the worlds ills why they haven’t cha It is upsidw that I give far too irrationa,ity books five stars. Re-branding hpside, after all, the solution to all of the worlds ills why they haven’t changed the name of the Iraq War by now is one of the world’s great mysteries This is when someone, in all seriousness, in the audience suggested renaming Positive Thinking something modern and snappy like Applied Behavioural Economics.

Behavioural Economics has become very popular. Some of these books, like SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes And Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurancemight make you question the worth of continuing the brand, but not Mr Ariely’s books — his blogs are a constant joy and this book, o quite different from his last book, Predictably Irrational: For instance, I have frequently told people over the years about the masturbation Vs decision making experiment described in his first book.

I have also told people about the idea of paying your mother-in-law for her Thanks Giving dinner. These are endlessly fascinating experiments that tell us fundamental truths about being humans. Off experiments detailed in this book are a bit more obvious. 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. If I was feeling cruel I think I would say that Behavioural Economics is a series of fascinating ideas in search of oc over-arching theory.

Its basic problem is that it is a bit like Atheism — it is essentially oppositional.