Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions Audiobook [Free Download by Trial]

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Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely

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  • I've already gone through this book, it was titled Blink and Malcolm Gladwell was the author. If you've read Blink, you'll find that about one-third of this book is repetitive. The remaining two-thirds are just basic knowledge. Did the author really have to conduct an experiment to understand that a highly stimulated male college student tends to make bad choices in the heat of the moment? My advice would be to read Blink, the Tipping Point, or even The New Yorker instead.
  • Although the author manages to touch upon some fascinating and ingenious aspects, regrettably, the majority of the book consists of evident observations and frequently foreseeable outcomes. The author's extensive depiction of numerous experiments fails to impress, and the design details are far from engaging. As a fan of science and the examination of human behavior, if you share this interest, you may consider investing your time in listening to this audiobook.
  • The author, Ariely, seems to have some confusion about the differences between correlation and causation in his book. However, despite that, the book is still engaging and thought-provoking. Ariely's ideas are surprising and captivating, much like the unexpected pop of a corn kernel. While there is still more work to be done in his field, the book provides valuable insights for consumers. Ariely argues that factors other than price influence demand, which goes against the traditional economic view. Although he makes a basic mistake by mixing up demand and quantity demanded, he still contributes to our understanding of shifting shapes and positions of demand curves. Personally, I enjoyed listening to the book and look forward to listening to more from Ariely, even though I have some questions about his conclusions. It's refreshing to have thought-provoking questions to ponder, don't you think?
  • I really enjoyed this audiobook. It does a fantastic job of delving into the fascinating topic of human irrational behavior. The narration is top-notch, with a perfect blend of humor and enlightenment. It also provides some interesting discussion points, such as the influence of "Free." Purchasing this audiobook was a smart and slightly irrational choice, but definitely worth the credit.
  • I found this book to be repetitive in presenting concepts that were already quite obvious. It might have been more intriguing if I hadn't already studied Psychology during my formal education. If I were still teaching Psychology, I would likely use this as a textbook. It's similar in quality to Aronson's Social Animal, which is suitable for educational purposes but not for casual reading. The narration lacks excitement and is rather monotonous. I chose this book because it was praised in Dan Pink's Drive, but I'm actually quite disappointed that I wasted a credit on it.
  • I really enjoyed reading this book because it delves into the various factors that influence our decision-making process. It's fascinating to learn why we might go out of our way to save $7 on a $20 item, but not do the same for a $200 purchase. The author explores how the introduction of an irrelevant choice can impact our decision-making, among other thought-provoking observations and psychological experiments. I found myself relating to the examples and scenarios presented in almost every chapter, as they shed light on how our morality, cheating tendencies, and decision-making are influenced. The author, a social psychologist, effectively presents his concepts in a clear manner that you can easily relate to. He also offers cleverly-designed experiments conducted on students, often from MIT, to illustrate why certain choices are made in specific situations. This book not only enhances your personal understanding of decision-making, but it's also a valuable read for anyone seeking to influence the decision-making process of others, such as those in sales, marketing, and business. If you're a fan of this genre, I highly recommend this book as one of the best in its field.