Monday, December 13th, 2010

Rich People Don't Get Your Human Emotions

“We found that people from a lower-class background—in terms of occupation, status, education and income level—performed better in terms of emotional intelligence, the ability to read the emotions that others are feeling…. You turn to people, it’s an adaptive strategy. You develop this sort of heightened independence with other individuals as a way to deal with not having enough individual resources.”
—Michael Kraus explains the findings of his recent study, which shows that rich people don't understand how you're feeling, because they don't have to. They're rich!

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mathnet (#27)

It's touching that you change the alt-text for us every time you use that photo.

Tulletilsynet (#333)

I get the alt-text "A rich person" no matter which scavenger my cursor is pointing at.

mathnet (#27)

(You need to vent behind people's backs? You get good at doing it in ways that won't capture their attention.)

ep (#8,509)

Of course the other consequence of the empathy-disabling function of wealth is persistently complaining that nobody understands you.

I don't buy the rationale.

Tulletilsynet (#333)

They seem to read helpless abject terror pretty well and with gusto.

HiredGoons (#603)

They understand, they just don't care.

kneetoe (#1,881)

Some hire people to do their feeling and their caring for them.

garge (#736)

I can cry at the snap of someone's–anyone's–fingers, and am able to snarl with one or both sides of my mouth. Anyone hiring?

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