Rich people are more narcissistic and less ethical, a re-blog

I wonder how much of the problem was caused by the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling, giving corporations personhood?

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Time Magazine published several articles citing studies showing that the wealthy are more narcissistic and less ethical than average folks.

Wealthy Selfies:  How Being Rich Increases Narcissism

Why The Rich Are Less Ethical:  They See Greed as Good

The Rich are Different: More Money, Less Empathy

Contrary to popular belief, the rich give less of their income to charity than even poor people, by percentage of income.   The poor are more, not less, likely to be grateful and less, not more, likely to feel entitled than the rich.

I think these articles explain a lot about our current government, which is full of narcissistic, unethical, even criminal billionaires, their wealthy donors (The Koch Brothers, the Mercers, Russian oligarchs, and others) and the apparently unlimited power they wield.   Great wealth, insatiable greed and a sense of entitlement is what has allowed these people to take control of all three…

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About Nan Mykel

At 79, I was just about to stop keeping a journal, but that felt like accepting that growth was finished. I don't want to be finished, yet! I'm 80 now, and struggling to communicate with you, if you'll come and set awhile. P.S. My how time flies! I'm 82 now.
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5 Responses to Rich people are more narcissistic and less ethical, a re-blog

  1. E says:

    And probably emptier and more scared. Poor things.

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    • Nan Mykel says:

      Well, I have to admit that they do judge other people and themselves by how much money they have and not by how much empathy they have or how much they help one-on-one. I read last week that only 5 men’s wealth equals almost half the population of the world. I do think an important part of them is emptier. I think evolution and the reptile brain is responsible for much of it, which means that the future–immediate and long-term– (as long as we last) is not so bright.

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  2. Does this surprise anyone?

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    • Nan Mykel says:

      Sadly, no, but how come so many “middle class working” have getting rich as a goal? For the country club? For outshining the Jones next door? I used to work in a prison and there it was the most expensive car that was strived for, and when I was on a federal jury I discovered that for drug dealers, they are admired for their super expensive cars as a badge of wealth and admiraton by users. Maybe it’s the idea of being a winner instead of a loser. Contests are everywhere in county fairs, for example. Someone isn’t necessarily bad because they’re rich. I think it may have more to do with the heartlessness of how they got rich. Their eye is on the money at the end of the rainbow, not the more vulnerable person.

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