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Pity the poor plutocrat. Politicians want to tax them, Occupy Wall Streeters mock them, 99% of their fellow citizens are mad at them (even if they secretly want to be one of them). Now comes word from the University of California, Berkeley, that is not likely to send their approval ratings any higher: a new study has confirmed that the richer you are the less compassionate you are — and don’t gloat, you upper-middle classers, that includes you too.
Stellar thus chose her subjects based on the income of the people who respond to the requests and write the checks: the parents.
When the numbers on these inventories were crunched, Stellar and her colleagues found no meaningful personality differences among the students that could be attributable to income except one: across the board, the lower the subjects’ family income, the higher their score on compassion.
So does this mean the rich really are the unfeeling boors the lower half say they are? Well yes — and no. A low score on the compassion scale doesn’t mean a lack of capacity for the feeling, Stellar argues. It may just mean a lack of experience observing — and tending to — the hardship others.
Looking for empathy and support? You’re more likely to get it from a poor person than you are from a rich one, according to new research published in Psychological Science.
In a series of experiments, the new study found that lower-class people were better at reading emotions on others’ faces — one measure of what researchers call empathic accuracy — than people in the upper class.
This measure of empathic accuracy — “a person’s ability to accurately read emotions that other people are feeling,” says Kraus — is important because it is a key part of empathy itself: if you can’t recognize what someone else is going through, it’s hard to respond with kindness to their needs.
Originally posted by The Old American
This falls right in line with 7 of the top 10 richest Congressmen are Democrats. They have been destroying poor people for over a century.
Interestingly, there was a study done recently that said that Republicans historically give more to charity than Democrats.
Originally posted by JibbyJedi
I'm not Religious or believe the Bible holds any truth, but one thing does seem to make sense that Jesus said....
“I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
Originally posted by usmc0311
My opinion is this, Those who have money and are compasionate don't have their wealth for very long. these people realize that they don't need a giant fortune so they use what they don't need to help those less fortunate. No one person should hold a large amount of wealth and consider themselve a good human. How can the rich hold large amounts of wealth and keep it all to themselves? one answer, they are phsycopaths who only care obout their own self interests and their own lives. Pathetic if you ask me. I am a disabled veteran living on a fixed income and i give more money away than most who make five times as much as me. As long as i have a roof over my head, food on the table, chlothes on my back, and most importantly, being able to provide for my daughter that is all i need. I despise money for what it its and what it does to people, exspecially americans. It makes me sick to see what our country has become. Most of all, it will continue to be this way until we doe something about it.
Originally posted by USarmyFL
All I know is, every job in the past I have had based on tips, the bigger the house I delivered to, the more I got stiffed out of a tip. Valet parked once, see a beat up truck and then a mercedes, grab that truck cause that is where your tip is coming from. I think the rich think they are entitled for your services since they are "better than you". Not all rich folks are bad, but 95+ % of the ones I have delt with are scum.