Book Review: The Honest Truth about Dishonesty


I cheat; you cheat; we all cheat. So says Dan Ariely, author of The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty – How We Lie to Everyone-Especially Ourselves.

One think I like about Dan’s work, he turns studies about how decisions are made into stories that bothe educate and entertain. His studies sometimes make me feel like, “I knew that” even though I really didn’t. For intance, in one study he gave two groups of people designer (read: expensive) sunglasses. One group was told they were real (the truth) and the other group was told they were knock-offs. After wearing the sunglasses for a while in public settings, they were given some different tests.

One conclusion he reached was that people who cheat (i.e. wearing illegal knock-offs in this case) believe others around them are also more likely to cheat.

When I read this, I thought, “I knew that”. But really? It never occurred to me that someone wearing knock-off designer sunglasses (that were given to them!) would begin to behave like someone who felt like a cheater.

The book gives plenty of examples and reasonable science, presented in an interesting and – as I said before – entertaining way. All to help us understand why we cheat, how to spot it and ways to overcome it.

Rob’s Rating system (bolded, the rating is)
Buy now at full price (Yes, it’s available on the Nook)
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If you’ve read my review, you got the gist of it

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