Ep. 65: Dan Ariely: Dishonesty, Irrationality, and Money

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This week on The James Altucher Show, I am joined by Dan Ariely.

When Dan was a teenager, he was severely burned on over 70% of his body. He then spent the next three years in the hospital enduring agonizing pain.

His experience in the hospital led him down the path of exploring irrational behaviors. He wanted to understand how to better deliver painful and unavoidable treatments to patients.

After completing this initial research project, he became engrossed with the idea that people repeatedly and predictably make the wrong decisions in many aspects of their lives and that research could help change some of these patterns.

His interests span a wide range of behaviors, and his sometimes unusual experiments are consistently interesting, amusing and informative, demonstrating profound ideas that fly in the face of common wisdom.

It’s a great interview that I know you will enjoy!

In This Episode You Will Learn:

  • How emotions affect your rationality
  • What it takes to create helpful habits
  • How sensitive we are to the behavior of the people around us
  • Dan Ariely’s story of being burned and how he got into the field of evolutionary and behavioral psychology
  • How to use irrational thinking to your advantage
  • The amazing qualities of the placebo
  • How to find meaning in your life
  • The irrational behavior of insider trading
  • How to fix the texting and driving epidemic

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Thanks so much for listening!

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  • Gabriel_14

    This is an excellent episode! Will there be a transcript available?

  • Hi James,

    Another amazing podcast!!!

    I read below someone asking about a transcript. It would increase your podcast audience reach (some people prefer reading to listening, cant listen in office, etc).

    I would love to help.
    Can I do a transcription for your next podcast (pro bono ofcourse)?
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    • Samantha Sato

      I’m hard of hearing and I love James Altucher’s podcast. Transcription would be great!

  • Cynthia Curry

    My favourite so far – Brilliant. Loved this one.