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Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Seuss
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The rich are different — and not in a good way, studies suggest

The rich are different — and not in a good way, studies suggest | this curious life | Scoop.it
Psychologist and social scientist Dacher Keltner says his research shows the rich really are different: Their life experience makes them less empathetic, less altruistic, and generally more selfish.

 

'“We have now done 12 separate studies measuring empathy in every way imaginable, social behavior in every way, and some work on compassion and it’s the same story,” he said. “Lower class people just show more empathy, more prosocial behavior, more compassion, no matter how you look at it.”

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Affluent people less likely to reach out to others in times of trouble?

Affluent people less likely to reach out to others in times of trouble? | this curious life | Scoop.it
Crises are said to bring people closer together. But a new study suggests that while the have-nots reach out to one another in times of trouble, the wealthy are more apt to find comfort in material possessions.

 

'"In times of uncertainty, we see a dramatic polarization, with the rich more focused on holding onto and attaining wealth and the poor spending more time with friends and loved ones," said Paul Piff, a post-doctoral scholar in psychology at UC Berkeley and lead author of the paper published online this month in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.'

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