The Upside of Irrationality

In The Upside of Irrationality, social scientist Dan Ariely 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, why we often overvalue the things we make, how we learn to love the ones we’re with and more.

Drawing on the same type of experimental methods that made his previous book, 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 behav- ior to make better decisions.

The Upside of Irrationality changes the way we see ourselves at work and at home — and casts our irrational behaviors in a more nuanced light. By showing how our irrational brains can affect our daily decisions, The Upside of Irrationality can help us become more aware of the inconvenient facts that often get ignored.

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