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    why we make the decisions we do. The book Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely explores how we make decisions. Dan Ariely is a Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University. In addition, he founded the Center for Advanced Hindsight, and is the author of multiple books (Ariely). Ariely uses the concept of behavioral economics to help prove how decisions are made. He aims to answer: What influences our decisions? In the book, Predictably Irrational, Ariely explains how decisions are made very well by using experiments to support his thesis. Predictably Irrational examines the rationality of decisions people make on a day to day basis. Ariely explains that decisions are not what we would expect them to be, instead they are predictably irrational. Irrational decisions are necessarily smart and rational; they are influenced by the scenario in which a decision is made. Ariely frequently uses the term behavioral economics, which is what his thesis is based on. The idea of behavioral economics is that “people are susceptible to…

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    Book Review- Predictably Irrational The purpose of this paper is to review the book, Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely and more specifically address a single concept discussed in the book. First, I’ll offer a brief synopsis of the book. Second, I will discuss the concept of the cost of social and market norms from the book. Lastly, I’ll connect the concepts of social and market norms in relationship to a select few concepts discussed so far in the class, ADM 560. Synopsis of the Book…

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    but, he is not in love with her. After finding out her dad died, she went mad and eventually killed herself. Claudius wants to be king, so he murders Hamlet's father to be able to take the crown. He then tried to poison Hamlet, but ended up killing his new wife Gertrude. Hamlets, Ophelias, and Claudius’s irrational behaviors which stem from their blindness by their emotions can be explained using principles of behavioral economics. In the book Predictably Irrational behavioral economist Dan…

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    state of mind you may have a bigger problem on your hands Losing control caused Claudius to get revenge and kill his brother to take over the throne. Claudius let his anger get to him and he got revenge on his brother and the royal family. Now Hamlet is seeking revenge for Claudius, for his family for his father he will make Claudius pay for what he has done. The revenge for Claudius backfires though and kills everyone in the family, so no one in the family can carry on to the throne. Letting…

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    In Predictably Irrational, Dan Ariely discusses the “hidden forces that shape our decisions”. He looks deeply into how and why people make irrational decisions, but he also explains how we can improve our decision-making to act more rationally. This irrational behavior is consistent enough across populations to where it can be argued that people do not always act rationally. For some reason, we fall victim to anchoring, we cannot properly evaluate the concept of zero, and we always need to…

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    Truth is neither dead or alive, people are just people. People all lie but at the same time everybody tells the truth. If truth really was dead society would be crashing down but it’s not because there is still truth even though it’s getting hard to find. But truth isn’t alive either because everybody lies. But lying is a great skill to learn so we should have classes that teaches students to lie maybe even get a master's degree in it. Personal gain is one of the motives that people lie for.…

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    With Predictably Irrational, Dan Ariely contributes to the growing list of books (Blink, Nudge, Freakonomics, Thinking, Fast and Slow) meant to challenge preconceptions of human rationality. Ariely’s book first begged the question about Israel’s proclivity for producing behavioral economists. Recognizing an insufficient sample size to justify that generalization and loath to assume more research in my waning days at the War College, I cast aside that thought to find lessons in Predictably…

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    belittle the smaller things in life in order to get to our desired goals. Dan Ariely talks about self-image as being an intricate part of life. Thinking about it on a deeper level don’t we all play some type of role in life? Parent, child, teacher, or boss the list keeps going on. The image we choose to up hold when we leave out of our homes goes a long way in life. What I found most interesting the level to which individuals are willing to go to maintain their image. Beginning with school, I…

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    1. Dan Ariely and Chapter 3 - Financial Wellbeing (Gallup) make a similar point about relativity when it comes to our salaries and material possessions. Explain this point then discuss how this relates to a person's ability to build wealth over time. Both Dan Ariely and Chapter 3 in Financial Wellbeing make a similar point about what relativity has to do with personal salaries and material possessions. In both sources it shows how when people are give two options such as “making $50,000 while…

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    In “Why We Lie” Dan Ariely discusses how small scale cheating is worse for our society than large scale cheating. The author mentions how we think that people are usually either honest or dishonest, but points out that everyone is capable of being dishonest and of cheating by just a little. He conducts a basic matrix test in which test subjects are given a paper with a series of matrices to solve, then they have to find the two numbers that equal to ten and will be paid for how many they…

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