Great wealth brings great narcissism, study finds
Upper-class respondents showed enough entitlement and self-importance to suggest they'd kick you out of a lifeboat on the Titanic.
Now the author of a new study claims wealth "gives rise to a sense of entitlement, a sense that one deserves more good things in life than others, which in turn gives rise to an increased or inflated sense of self-importance, vanity, grandiosity, and omnipotence (narcissism)."
Paul Piff of the University of California at Berkeley conducted five experiments to investigate the associations between social class, entitlement and narcissism.
Those tests included a survey that measured levels of entitlement and socioeconomic status by asking questions such as whether a person believed he would deserve to be on the first lifeboat if he were a passenger on the Titanic. Upper-class respondents basically would have stampeded over women and children to get there.
In another experiment, Piff found that upper-class individuals were more likely to look at their own reflections in a mirror, even when Piff factored self-consciousness into his margin of error. While there were notable exceptions to the various correlations, Piff noted that all of the results highlighted an uptick in self-interest among the wealthy and a self-centered worldview that Piff says is handed down through the generations, including to students from wealthy families.
That doesn't mean the rich are hopeless jerks doomed to seek only self-satisfaction while bulldozing all other people in their path. Piff noted that introducing egalitarian ideals as simple as treating others as equals can reduce the amount of narcissism and entitlement these folks kick off at any given moment.
Yes, the wealthy are apparently so self-involved and greedy that they need to be reminded that other human beings exist and should be treated as equals.
Piff's studies have reached similar conclusions before. In 2010, his research discovered that the rich were insufferable jackasses and were more likely to cheat when gambling, cut you off in traffic, lie to you in job interviews, and steal cash and take bribes on the job.
You just described the political class that runs this country.
Now what does that say about the multitudes who keep voting them back in?
Stupid is stupid does.
Wealth is a magnifier, if you're a giver, it allows you to be more of a giver, if you're an ****, it allows you to be more of an ****.
it's not the moneys fault, money is a tool people use to get what they want.
don't blame the money, blame the ****
Wealth is not the problem.
It is when the love of money takes over and is stronger than doing the right thing, and good men doing nothing allowing evil a foothold.
You know, I read this again, and, although it’s huge in generalization, it really applies to everyone, not just the wealthy. Plenty of those who aren’t wealthy are mean, too. And, lots of wealthy people are great! Care, be aware, and be kind – everybody! If we judge the wealthy, or anyone else, too harshly, aren’t we doing the same thing?
There are the "pretenders" and the "wannabees"
Everyone should try to appear somewhat decent when around others, and not look down upon some that have not, any other choice.
As some have said, when you have made it; NO reason to try and impress anyone.
I seldom where a suit anymore, nor even shirt or tie....Hate ties. Not anywhere to Anything.
As you get older, you get away, unshaven and longer grey hair...Some will kid, of course.
When I go to town in my farming or gardening clothes(and old truck,w/dog), people usually treat me nice..There is a reason.
And When you are driving a Hi-liner vehicle, no one cares how you are dressed or the length of your hair or beard...For some reason it doesn't seem to matter.
" Never judge a Man, by what he wears; For underneath those rags may be a Millionaire."
...no kidding...what a surprising story!!! NOT!!!
Millionaires and billionaires think the less fortunate should "give" a little more...gas prices at $4-$5 per gallon don't hurt those that clear over $250K a year, But hurt a lot for those under $75K per year!
The spread is increasing, and the white collar criminals (wall street and politicos) are leading the pack!
Hm, the American dream! Get lots of money so you can return to your class reunion and show off to the jackasses you knew in highschool.
Poor folks are worried about their appearance just as much as anyone else. However, when they work hard all day for slave wages, at the end of the day, they have actually worked so they can't keep smelling like a rose like someone that hasn't. Poor folks go to functions all the time and dress the part. That has very little to do with wealth. Now the cost of their suits/dresses as compared to the SuperRich, now there's the real difference.
I would expect jerks to like Brutus and his sheep to crap again and again on the weak, down trodden, and the working poor. He and his type of godless. Therefore that's the best you can expect from his type.
I have found, in my lifetime that money affects people in different ways. People who had parents that taught them morals and good manners were the least affected. The most affected, in all ways, were the have not's that became millionaires with the New Society. Teachers no longer concerned themselves with the correct English usage, the correct grammar and the elocution to speak in public with a normal speaking voice. They ignore what is decent attire and they are afraid of their own children that they may be reported for not being "Hip". Public behavior appears to be at an all time low and the girls that want to impress anyone seem to think that unless their skirts are half-way up to their asses that they are unattractive. Why have we sunk so low?? It's easier than teaching and everyone seems to prefer the Thug language, or Black English to improving themselves.
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