Wealthy lack empathy, generosity of lower classes, study finds

Edmonton Journal:

Turns out, the rich really are different. But not necessarily in the ways we assume.

Though economically privileged, people from upper-class backgrounds consistently display deficits in empathy, social engagement, generosity and sensitivity as compared to those from the lower classes. The differences in behaviour are so marked, in fact, that neutral observers can detect a person’s socioeconomic background based on 60 seconds of interaction.

The findings, published in the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science, have researchers concluding that wealth comes at considerable personal cost – and that being poor isn’t without its wages.

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