"(Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies" delves into the intricate world of human deception, exploring the ubiquity of lying in our lives. Psychologist Dan Ariely and his team dissect the mechanisms behind dishonesty, from white lies to significant frauds. Through personal accounts, the documentary exposes the rationalizations of individuals, including a Wall Street trader and a cheating spouse, shedding light on the justifications people invent for their deceit. Ariely's research uncovers the complexities of dishonesty, revealing the blurred line between harmless lies and catastrophic deception, questioning our collective morality, and exploring potential solutions to this epidemic of cheating that erodes public trust.
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You can't help it; sometimes, you just get a bad feeling about someone that's hard to shake. So, what's happening in your brain when you make that critical (and often lasting) first judgment? Peter Mende-Siedlecki shares the social psychology of first impressions -- and why they may indicate that, deep down, people are basically good.
At some point in everyone's life, thoughts turn to death. A subject that most people like to skirt around, it is tackled head on in this award-winning documentary from director Patrick Shen. Shen identifies death as one of the underlying factors in causing modern day malaise and examines various responses to the specter of death as it looms large over our heads. Positing the theory that death is inherently buried in everything we do, Shen lets his theory unravel in an interesting and informative manner. Travelling the globe, the director pools his ideas from an array of sources, including expert commentary from scholars such as Ernest Becker and Sheldon Solomon.
2003 • Lifehack