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Book review: The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone, by Dan Ariely

The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone, by Dan Ariely

This work by Dan Ariely is both informative and enjoyable. If you’re interested in behavioral economics, psychology or just about the concept of dishonesty in general, I recommend that you check out this book. His main thesis is that we, as human beings, all want to benefit from cheating, but only by a little bit. This is because we are also beings that want to think of ourselves as moral and honest. The constant push and pull from these two seemingly contradictory concepts is what Ariely’s book is all about. He refers to this as the “fudge factor.” What situations make us more likely to cheat or be dishonest? Which are more likely to make us tell the truth? Is being dishonest always a conscious act? If not, is there a way to control dishonesty? These are all very intriguing questions and Ariely provides an abundance of experiments throughout the book as evidence to support claims that attempt to answer them.

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