Rich people less empathetic than the poor: study

They needed a study to show this?

Some times I think the highly educated lack the common sense to listen to what poor people and those in the working class actually say.  It has been common folk wisdom from time  from ancient times.  Rich people are cold blooded and heartless.

The more money the less heart and the more greed.

Even their god-man whom they so loudly claim to believe in supposedly said “It is easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven.”

So we know this “discovery” dates at least from the time they put together the Bible and codified it early in the Common Era.

From Raw Story:

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The depiction of the rich and cold-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” is backed up with scientific evidence, according to researchers at the University of California at Berkeley.

The researchers found that people in lower socio-economic classes are more physiologically attuned to the suffering of others than their middle- and upper-class counterparts.

“It’s not that the upper-classes are coldhearted,” UC Berkeley social psychologist Jennifer Stellar, lead author of the study published the journal Emotion, explained. “They may just not be as adept at recognizing the cues and signals of suffering because they haven’t had to deal with as many obstacles in their lives.”

The study was based on three experiments conducted on more than 300 ethnically diverse young adults.

Participants from lower-classes reported feeling greater levels of compassion than their more affluent counterparts. But they reported feeling the same amount of joy, contentment, pride, love, amusement and awe.

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2 Responses to “Rich people less empathetic than the poor: study”

  1. dentedbluemercedes Says:

    Well, the rich need multiple studies, just in reply to their multiple denials. Not that it changes much.

    • Suzan Says:

      I can tell you two groups that the rich feel a great deal of empathy for (other than their self-pitying whines about how they couldn’t get a reservation at that special restaurant) The French Royals of the late 18th century and the Czar and family in 1918.

      Perhaps empathy is the wrong word here. Perhaps fear that the masses might decide they are the same sort of worthless parasites deserving of the same treatment.

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