The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior

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Like the bestselling Blink and Freakonomics, this lively narrative is a fresh view of the world, explaining the previously inexplicable and revealing hidden influences on human decision-making. A Harvard Business School student pays over $200 for a $200 bill. Washington, DC commuters ignore a free subway concert by a violin prodigy. A veteran airline pilot attempts to take off without control tower clearance and collides with another plane on the runway. Why do we do the wildly irrational things we sometimes do? Drawing on cutting-edge research from the fields of social psychology, behavioral economics, and organizational behavior, brothers Ori and Rom Brafman reveal the dynamic forces that act on us repeatedly over time, affecting nearly every aspect of our personal and business lives. They show how we are sabotaged by loss aversion (going to great lengths to avoid perceived losses), the diagnosis bias (ignoring evidence that contradicts our initial take on a person or situation), and commitment (even when a plan isn't working, we are reluctant to change course). Weaving together colorful stories--about dot-com millionaires, game show audiences, NBA coaches, and the US Supreme Court--tours the flip side of reason and points us toward a more rational life.
Publisher: [Minneapolis, Minn.] : HighBridge Co., 2008.
ISBN: 9781598876307

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Jun 01, 2018

Okay book that left me wanting much more than it offered. Basically, the book boils down to rephrasing fallacies into something else, and some real life stories sprinkled in. Each disc ended on interesting stories which I wanted to know more about, but it was always abandoned. Which was a shame because it felt like we were left hanging without resolution.


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