I interviewed Dan Ariely a while ago, when I was working for AmericaEconomia. You can find the unedited English version of that interview here on this blog as well. Check his thoughts on whistleblowing
Originally posted on Dan Ariely:
Here’s my Q&A column from the WSJ this week — and if you have any questions for me, just email them to AskAriely@wsj.com.
I was the whistleblower for a very large corporate disaster. Since the whistleblowing, I have been shocked at the vitriol and social exclusion I have suffered as a result of speaking the truth. What is it about whistleblowers that makes society want to exclude them? Any insights and guidance would be most welcome.
From what I understand, the backlash you are experiencing is very common among whistleblowers.
In thinking about your issue, I reflected on why I want my kids (ages 10 and 6) to solve their problems themselves, without involving higher authorities (their parents). Tattling is considered very negative behavior. Of course, sometimes my kids have legitimate claims that require an intervention from the “authorities,” but my negative reaction to tattling…
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