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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,545 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dan Ariely, Dan Ariely Narrator: Simon Jones Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The provocative follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Predictably Irrational

–Why can large bonuses make CEOs less productive?

–How can confusing directions actually help us?

–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 Irrational, social scientist Dan Ariely revealed the multiple biases that lead us into making unwise decisions. Now, in The Upside of Irrationality, he exposes the surprising negative and positive effects irrationality can have on our lives. 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.

Drawing on the same experimental methods that made Predictably Irrational one of the most talked-about bestsellers of the past few years, Ariely uses data from his own original and entertaining experiments to draw arresting conclusions about how—and why—we behave the way we do. 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. The Upside of Irrationality will change the way we see ourselves at work and at home—and cast our irrational behaviors in a more nuanced light.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As in his previous book, the bestselling Predictably Irrational, the experiments Ariely describes generate entertaining and often counterintuitive insights…deciding how to apply [these] insights is a pleasure that lingers long after the book is finished.”

    New York Times

  • “Arielly examines the powerful sway that irrational motivations and urges have on our personal and professional lives. His discussion mixes both his personal experiences and a variety of research, including many experiments performed by him and colleagues. With his crisp English accent and assertive delivery, Simon Jones can be wonderful to listen to.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Entertaining and clever…Ariely shows us the other side of the irrationality coin: the beneficial outcomes and pleasant surprises that often arise from irrational behavior…Ariely is an engaging and efficient writer, amusing us with stories about irrational behavior while staying away from needless technical terminology and bafflegab. Thought-provoking, entertaining, and smart: a winning combination.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Smith | 2/18/2014

    " Ariely is a behavioral economist. He addresses various questions by using real life tests that I found quite brilliant at times. His book is much like Freakonomics. Two issues he addressed I found interesting were the quality and results of online dating sites (he had a great test and even better ideas about how to improve them) and if large bonuses increase performance (they do not). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mike | 2/8/2014

    " Ariely was the most engaging keynote speaker of the 2010 JMP Discovery Conference. I disagree with his interpretative conclusion for a couple experiments in this book, but generally he presents accurate observations of human nature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kat | 2/4/2014

    " Interesting, thought provoking book. The sections on adaptation and decision making are definitely applicable. I did enjoy the style of Predictably Irrational better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anthony | 1/17/2014

    " A good, interesting read. As a single guy trying to find love online, I especially liked the chapters on online dating, but it's full of interesting facts and studies, and great stuff to bring up at cocktail parties. If you ever get invited to cocktail parties. "

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