Ok, first off, I don't think either myself or the article are saying that ALL wealthy people are "nasty", but rather it is a bit of a generalisation.
Anyway, found this interesting article and wanted to put some things out there for discussion.
First, this was the experiment:
And then the findings:In one test Piff's research team set up games of Monopoly between more than 100 pairs of strangers. A coin was flipped and randomly determined which person out of the pair would be the 'rich' player in the game. The game was clearly rigged in favour of the 'rich' player, with fascinating results.
The rich player was given twice as much money as their poorer competitor, and when they passed 'GO' they collected twice the salary they were entitled to. They also got to roll two dice on their turn instead of one, and thus moved around the board quicker.
Over the course of the game, hidden cameras monitored what happened.
This made me think about all those 'auto-biographies' like "How I Became a Millionaire by 30" (you get the gist) and wonder if the same applies to them. Same deal for those people you might meet who tell you about their "war stories". Are they telling us everything that was involved in their life to make them a "success", or are they conveniently leaving some things out?"The rich players actually started to become ruder toward the other person, less and less sensitive to the plight of those poor ... players," said Piff. They became "more and more demonstrative of their material success, more likely to showcase how well they were doing."
Comments the rich players said to their poor opponents included "I have money for everything", "you're going to lose all your money soon," and "I have so much money ... I'm pretty much untouchable at this point." Ouch.
But the most interesting observation Piff made was the players' reactions after the game was finished.
"At the end of the 15 minutes, we asked the players to talk about their experience during the game. And when the rich players talked about why they had inevitably won in this rigged game of Monopoly, they talked about what they'd done to buy those different properties and earn their success in the game, and they became far less attuned to all those different features of the situation, including that flip of a coin that had randomly gotten them into that privileged position in the first place. And that's a really, really incredible insight into how the mind makes sense of advantage."
Any thoughts?Numerous surveys and studies made over seven years found that wealthier individuals are more likely to moralise greed as being good, and the pursuit of self-interest as being acceptable.