Tuesday, December 28, 2010

High Class = Low Empathy

Posted By on Tue, Dec 28, 2010 at 11:00 AM

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Ever wonder how the uber wealthy and successful get to that point while seeming so cold and clueless? Well, there’s now scientific proof that some of those on the upper tiers of society really don’t get it.

According to a study out in Psychological Science, people in the upper class have a harder time reading and understanding the emotions of others. Researchers think the cause may be because lower- and middle-class people have to rely on their ability to read others to gauge a situation, while the upper class rarely have to ask for help or rely on others.

“One of the negative side effects of that is that they’re less concerned and less perceptive of other people’s needs and wishes. They show a deficit in empathic accuracy,” said Michael Kraus, co-author of the study in a story on msnbc.com. “I wouldn’t say that upper-class people are being jerky, but they’re less aware of other people’s emotions.”

So, what lesson can we learn from this? If you’re looking for some sympathy, don’t go to those in charge.

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