Are We All Liars and Cheaters?

Monday, June 11, 2012

When we think about who liars and cheaters are in our society, we might think of politicians, bankers or lawyers. But if you really look at your own behavior, you are probably not too far behind. Sure, you might not steal huge amounts of money, or create elaborate lies, but when it comes to smaller situations where a white lie may put you ahead, are you likely to do it? 

That’s the premise of the new book, “The Honest Truth About Dishonesty,” where author and friend of the show’s Dan Ariely goes through a series of experiments to find that society is not plagued by the people who lie a lot, but by the rest of us who cheat just a little bit when it is in our best interest to do so.

 

Guests:

Dan Ariely

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja and Jillian Weinberger

Comments [3]

RICARDO GARVAO from Portugal

"Nunca podemos deixar de criar, por isso nunca podemos deixar de mentir."
Fernando Pessoa, de 'O desconhecido', in "Textos Filosóficos" [ms] [1915]

something like
'We can never stop creating, so we can never stop lying'

Jun. 13 2012 11:09 AM

I wish I was a liar and a cheater. They get all the good stuff.

Jun. 12 2012 10:44 AM
listener

"..we might think of politicians, bankers or lawyers..." but not the media of course.

Obligatory mention of Enron which is history but not Solyndra and "shovel ready" stimulus in this nation while airing frustration over Europe?

Is mendacity, misdirection and deliberate omission a form of lying?

Jun. 11 2012 06:51 PM

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