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  • We tend to cast ourselves as the 'hero' even when we know we're doing wrong
  • We tend to cast ourselves as the 'hero' even when we know we're doing wrong
    Chelsea Casey (2010) ©
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Why do we lie to ourselves?

From the NSA scandal to the ‘white lies’ people tell themselves, we sat down with acclaimed behavioural economist Dan Ariely to learn more about the driving forces behind dishonesty.

Location Central - East Asia / Global / North America / Northern Europe

Scope
According to Edward Snowden, the American government has spent years surreptitiously working with some of the biggest brands in the world to steal everybody’s data. Meanwhile, the entertainment industry suffers at the hands of illegal downloads, journalists shamelessly invade the privacy of celebrities through phone hacking, and if what’s documented in Blackfish is true, Seaworld is lying to us about killer whales with a taste for human blood. It seems that the world is riddled with more lies and deceit than ever before – yet we do little more than sit back and observe the carnage.

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