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Mon Feb 27, 2012, 04:36 PM

Upper class people are more likely to behave selfishly, studies suggest

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Upper class people are more likely to behave selfishly, studies suggest
Higher social classes more likely to lie, cheat, cut up other road users and not stop at pedestrian crossings, say researchers
Ian Sample, science correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Monday 27 February 2012 15.00 EST

A raft of studies into unethical behaviour across the social classes has delivered a withering verdict on the upper echelons of society.

Privileged people behaved consistently worse than others in a range of situations, with a greater tendency to lie, cheat, take things meant for others, cut up other road users, not stop for pedestrians on crossings, and endorse unethical behaviour, researchers found.

Psychologists at the University of California in Berkeley drew their unflattering conclusions after covertly observing people's behaviour in the open and in a series of follow-up studies in the laboratory.

Describing their work in the US journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, social psychologist Paul Piff and his colleagues at the Institute of Personality and Social Research claim that self-interest may be a "more fundamental motive among society's elite" that leads to more wrongdoing. They say selfishness may be "a shared cultural norm".

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/feb/27/upper-class-people-behave-selfishly

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 04:42 PM

1. Color me surprised

I thought they were just assholes. Then again, I know plenty of asshole poor people, too.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 04:43 PM

2. Just admit it! You're envious of their success!



By the way, does "cut up other road users" mean "cut off other road users?"

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 04:52 PM

3. Greed works that way

It will consume you.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 04:54 PM

4. Not true for the Bush family

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 04:55 PM

5. And they are incapable of understanding that everyone doesn't cheat and lie. n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 05:00 PM

6. As someone who has worked various "low class" jobs,

I try to make a point of being a generous tipper. Sort of my way of giving thinks.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 05:05 PM

7. Locking.

This is analysis, not LBN. Please consider reposting in General Discussion or Good Reads.

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