The (honest) Truth About Dishonesty

The (honest) Truth About Dishonesty

How We Lie to Everyone--especially Ourselves

Book - 2012 | First edition
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The author, a behavioral economist, challenges our preconceptions about dishonesty and urge us to take an honest look at ourselves. We all cheat, whether it is copying a paper in the classroom, or white lies on our expense accounts. Does the chance of getting caught affect how likely we are to cheat? How do companies pave the way for dishonesty? Does collaboration make us more honest or less so? Does religion improve our honesty? Here the author explores how unethical behavior works in the personal, professional, and political worlds, and how it affects all of use, even as we think of ourselves as having high moral standards. He explores the question of dishonesty from Washington to Wall Street, and the classroom to the workplace, to examine why cheating is so prevalent and what can be done to prevent it. None of us is immune, whether it is the white lie to head off trouble or padding our expense reports. Generally, we assume that cheating, like most other decisions, is based on a rational cost-benefit analysis. But the author argues, and then demonstrates, that it is actually the irrational forces that we do not take into account that often determine whether we behave ethically or not. For every Enron or political bribe, there are countless puffed resumes, hidden commissions, and knockoff purses. He shows why some things are easier to lie about; how getting caught matters less than we think; and how business practices pave the way for unethical behavior both intentionally and unintentionally. But all is not lost. The author also identifies what keeps us honest, pointing the way for achieving higher ethics in our everyday lives, and with personal and academic findings, changing the way we see ourselves, our actions, and others.
Publisher: New York : Harper, [2012]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780062183590
Branch Call Number: 177.3 ARIELY
Characteristics: xiii, 285 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Truth about dishonesty


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Jul 28, 2012

From the chapter "Why Wearing Fakes Makes Us Cheat More":

"Did the presumed fakeness of the product make the women cheat more than they naturally would? Or did the genuine Chloe label make them behave mroe honestly than they would otherwise? In other words, which was more powerful: the negative self-signaling in the fake condition or the positive self-signaling in the authentic condition?"


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