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3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars if I'm honest about it., 15 Oct. 2012
This review is from: The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone-Especially Ourselves (Hardcover)
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First book I've read by Dan Ariely, and the only surprise was that the research he documents didn't reveal greater levels of dishonesty. The book seems to have a pop-psychology feel to it, both in its style and depth of content, which I guess is no surprise if one wants to maximize interest and profits. Most of us want the facts without having to wade through a ton of academic and statistical paperwork, and this is what we largely get here. The book is easy to read despite the nagging repetition of bracketing the positions and universities of fellow researchers, and the continuous stream of research details whose similarities start to get boring - both, of course, necessary and unavoidable in a book like this.

One interesting aspect is what the book tells the reader about the author. As the content is largely autobiographical, it could be considered a work of partial insight into a man called Dan Ariely. That apart, the book covers a broad range of relevant areas and throws light on many behavioural traits that are probably not thought about too frequently or deeply by the general public. It's a useful book, and I wonder if DA will write another examining how dishonesty can evolve into even worse examples of human behaviour.

Interestingly, my copy has the congruent/incongruent colour words on front and back pages, in their appropriate colours. Better known as the Stroop Test, and once used as part of a broad assessment battery to determine and assess schizophrenia, this exercise is fun to do. However, it is not a reason to buy the book, which incidentally would be helpful to those new to, or curious about, the subject of dishonesty, or want to improve their current levels of dishonesty and learn a new trick or two.
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