12 Studies: Why the rich ‘are such a selfish, less empathetic and less altruistic lot’ — Wealth, education and prestige and a higher station in life gave them the freedom to only worry about themselves

From: Daily Mail

Why the rich ‘are such a selfish, less empathetic and less altruistic lot’

Few people have much sympathy for the rich who have lost millions in the latest share price crash.

But then a new study has revealed the wealthy are unlikely to be to bothered about those who are struggling to make ends meet.

According to psychologist and social scientist Dacher Keltner the rich are usually self-obsessed and only worried about their own well being.

Keltner said they were ‘less empathetic, less altruistic and generally more selfish’ as a result of having so much money.

He said they have an ‘ideology of self interest’ and more likely to think about themselves whereas those less well off were more likely to help others.

‘We have now done 12 separate studies measuring empathy in every way imaginable, social behaviour in every way, and some work on compassion and it’s the same story,’ he said.

‘Lower class people just show more empathy, more prosocial behavior, more compassion, no matter how you look at it.’

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