The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic
How can large bonuses sometimes make CEOs less productive? Why is revenge so important to us? How can confusing directions actually help us? Why is there a difference between what we think will make us happy and what really makes us happy? In his groundbreaking book, Predictably Irrational,... show more
How can large bonuses sometimes make CEOs less productive? Why is revenge so important to us? How can confusing directions actually help us? Why is there a 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 to make 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 bad habit, how we learn to love the ones we’re with, and more. 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.
Publish date: May 17th 2011
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
, Self Help
, Social Science
not horrible, but Freakonomics and Black Swan, even Outliers are better. re-uses a lot of tired stories to express viewpoints that are contentious, even dubious.almost New York Times level quality, but definitely not horrible or unbearable
Not as good as predictable irrationalbut interesting reading none the less
A relatively quick read, this book suggests that irrationality isn't bad per se, it just needs to be accounted for and utilized in the right situations. I guess I tend to fall more on the Spock side of the equation... a good book to read, and an excellent counterpart to predictably irrational.
I was going to write a long review of this, but David's hit it right on the head. It's an interesting book but it suffers from too much padding and too many references back to Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions.