Friday, July 4, 2014


Excerpt from the book The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty by Dan Ariely

When our ability to rationalize our selfish desires increases, so does our fudge factor, making us more comfortable with our own misbehavior and cheating. The other side is true as well; when our ability to rationalize our actions is reduced, our fudge factor shrinks, making us less comfortable with misbehaving and cheating. When you consider the range of undesirable behaviors in the world from this standpoint - from banking practices to backdating stock options, from defaulting on loans and mortgages to cheating on taxes - there's a lot more to honesty and dishonesty than rational calculations. 


Can't agree more!

Also talk about doing stuff when no one is around. Checking out whether people stare at your monitor when you open your facebook or youtube page at office; ordering more stationary at office so that you can take some for home use; quickly printing personal pages only when no one is around; signing out early when boss is on leave; and more such... :)


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