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Society & Culture  (tags: Money, entitlement, Monopoly, experiment, rich, poor, behavior, poverty, wealth, taking, attitide )

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Science can explain a lot of things and here it addresses what we've suspected for a long time but haven't quite been able to understand: Why do some folks who have a lot more money seem to be less nice, and even more mean to those around them?

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Barb K (1688)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 5:49 pm
Wow! Very impressive! And I'm not even rich! Thnx B!

cynthia l (207)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 6:36 pm
very impressive and enlightening. The rich have always felt entitled I think. Lately I think the rich are becoming mores charitable

Iona Kentwell (129)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 6:39 pm
A very interesting study. I love that an openly rigged Monopoly game still results in feelings of deserving wealth and being entitled to power. There could definitely be benefits in this.

Iveta cer (41)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 6:44 pm
Thanks Bianca for this great video and this is 100% truth I know few people who got into money they were nice before and now they are different , sad how money change people !

Aletta Kraan (146)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 6:54 pm
Interesting , glad I am not rich , not poor either but the more you give the more you get .

Richelle Rausch (43)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 6:58 pm
The more $$$ a human has, the more that person wants. They get greedy and also feel superior to those with less. They get snooty, rude. We heve known that for centuries.

Ruth C (87)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 7:07 pm
Thank you Bianca for the video, I feel that when you help someone, it does not matter who they are, animal or people, you feel good about yourself, but that is just me, I can not speak for everyone.

Bianca D (87)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 7:21 pm
Nelson Mandela said, "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."

We need to teach and be taught love, patience, tolerance, respect, compassion. Then, no matter how much we have in our pockets or in our bamk account, we will have so much to give :)

Suzanne L (99)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 9:07 pm
Interesting study and video. Thanks for posting Bianca. I believe that if we teach strong social values as you've described in your comment above, it can effect many individuals whether rich or poor.

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 11:56 pm
I believe that the type of person we are, with regards to possessions and money are a result from our upbringing. If we are brought up in an environment where we always get anything we want, no matter how expensive or extravagant it is, we will be spoiled brats and will not appreciate what we have and think that everything is coming to us. Growing up poor, or only with essentials, and then coming into money could cause a lot of confusion and impulsive behavior but then again, people who are happy with their lives and feel satisfied with what they have won't change their basic behavior or attitude to money very much. Thanks Bianca.

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 12:42 am
I agree with you 100% Giana!! The basics will always be there if they have been taught to us when we were little growing up! I am always dreaming of who I could help if I had I guess I might not have much left if I had

Thanks Barb for the forward!

. (0)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 12:59 am
My father taught me this:
Let to the benefited the remorse of ingratitude
very very interesting thank to Bianca and Barb

P A (117)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 3:46 am
Congrats for posting this Bianca - I am so glad someone did! I saw it on Upworthy and noted that it confirmed everything I have observed as I have gone through life. Mind you it doesn't address the fact that anywhere from 4% to possibly 10% of the population are sociopaths who think solely of themselves....

It seems they have been getting abusive mail from places devoted to letting the 1% keep the vast wealth they have - so could we send them emails thanking for proving what we have observed all our lives?

Jay curnow (196)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 3:54 am
Thought Provoking re Our own attitude concerning Gratitude..Generosity...Empathy?

Nancy sands (448)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 5:48 am

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 6:14 am
I think in a lot of cases being wealthy makes people think they can behave as they like There are a lot for whom money becomes a sickness they become greedy and is probably why they can be dishonest to get it Many make their wealth by treading roughshod over others anyway Its hard to get to the top by being all sugar and spice but thank goodness there are many who do marvellous works with their money think it bores down to basic characteristics that you are born with You wont turn a generous person in to a mean one and nor a mean one in to a generous one yes its how you are born and the morals that you are taught

Solitary Eagle (324)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 6:38 am
Thanks for posting, Bianca and for forwarding, Cynthia.

Bianca D (87)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 9:34 am
It's wonderful to read so many thoughtful, insightful comments. This video also made me think about people who win the lottery. Something lilke 87% of those who do, end up with the same amount of money or less than they had before winning, only two years later. This also says something about what money means to different people and our knowledge of what to do with it to keep it or increase it. While I love the idea of winning the lottery and not having to worry about the money side of life any more - who doesn't? - I also find the idea of having and managing a very large sum of money intimidating.


Dawn M (142)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 10:01 am
Thank you for sharing!

Kenneth L (314)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 10:35 am
Thanks for posting Bianca!
I think most people cannot handle power very well. That would include power that comes with being very rich. I think they believe they can buy virtually anything with money, including people, principles, values, etc. Also a tendency to 'get away with things just because you can' attitude.
So it's interesting as a social experiment but whether it has any practical value, I doubt it. Not a reason to now hate rich people necessarily. SOME rich people are very generous benefactors to others. .

Caitlin M (104)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 10:55 am
If anyone is a "Big Brother" or "Survivor" watcher on television, it becomes pretty clear that the good guy usually finishes last. It's a sad commentary on the way money and power seem to work at least in our society. This video points out that it matters not so much how we were brought up, but how much we can be influenced by conditions beyond our control (like the advantaged player in the Monopoly game). I found it most interesting that it was pointed out that the "monied" person loses perspective on the factors that contributed to his position (like the double rolls and larger initial cash supply) and takes all the credit for himself. It is very much like my complaint about employers who rake in all the profits and don't feel any thankfulness nor obligation to pay good wages to those who have built their widgets or provided their services. Very interesting. Now we know why they don't get it, their memories are wiped out by dollar bills! Thanks to B and Bee.

Lisa W (143)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 11:18 am
Very interesting and makes one really think....Thank you Bianca and Bill and Kate!

Barbara K (60)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 11:20 am
Wow, I already felt this to be true and I'm so glad someone did a study on it and found that it is really true. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer; and the rich have no compassion, are selfish, feel privileged, and are just generally crappy people. Thanks Bianca, thanks Caitlin, for the forward.

Barbara K (60)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 11:21 am
Would rather have the poor friends. They are true friends, and people with big hearts.

Van voorst coll C (325)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 12:02 pm
Thank you for sharing!

Blu AbbeyCat (302)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 1:02 pm
.. Insightull .. Thanks oxxoox

Winnie Adams (179)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 1:30 pm
OMG - very insightful. Glad I took the time to watch this.

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 1:40 pm
The rich are greedier and snottier. No surprises there. The problem is, they breed that attitude into their offspring generation after generation, and each generation gets worse!

Birgit W (160)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 4:18 pm
Very interesting. Thank you.

Bianca D (87)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 5:33 pm
I'm amazed and encouraged by the great comments on this video. One of the things that blew me away in the video, was that, in the rigged Monopoly game, *it didn't matter* whether the person with the arbitrarily assigned advantage (more starting money, two di instead of one dice) was a wealthy person in real life, or a poor(er) person. They behaved rather arrogantly and quickly forgot that they hadn't actually created their good fortune themselves; just as the person with the tougher circumstances (less starting money, only one dice to roll) hadn't done anything wrong to end up with the short end of the stick.

I'd like to say though, that I have no doubt that there are compassionate, thinking wealthy people out there who have their feet firmly on the ground and are perfectly aware that they are not the sole cause of their wealth and good fortune, just as there are poor people who know that they are doing their best in a system that seems (is?) stacked against them.

On a larger scale, I'm thinking that in the big "Monopoly game" played between countries, wealthier countries have a similar attitudes toward poorer and "developing" countries, and the system really is rigged against the latter, or at least against the poor of the latter. Still ruminating on this one based on my experiences countries with hugely contrasting economies and qualities of life.

Bianca D (87)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 5:47 pm
Pat A. mentioned writing to the researcher in support - to offset the nasty msgs he's been getting about the study.

He is: Paul K. Piff, Psychology Dept., University of California at Berkeley.

Research Area: The Social Consequences of Social Hierarchy
In my primary program of research on social hierarchy, I study how the advantage or disadvantage associated with social class (or socioeconomic status) shapes fundamental interpersonal processes, including ethical behavior, altruism, attribution, and cooperation. Some of my work in this area documents what might be described as an empathy gap between individuals from different social class groups. Specifically, I have been finding that increased wealth and status in society lead to increased self-focus and, in turn, decreased compassion, altruism, and ethical behavior. I am currently exploring boundary conditions of these effects. In related work, I am examining how subjective perceptions of inequality, as opposed to more objective indicators, impact intragroup dynamics.

Deborah W (6)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 5:49 pm
Sudden fame and wealth usually not handled well in the long-term. Likewise those born into wealth... makes no difference ... both groups, from the point they take on another in trust, spend the rest of their lives gathering and either hoarding or sharing, all the time worrying about the loyality of family, friends and associate .

Craig Pittman (52)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 6:44 pm
Thanks Bianca for this fascinating albeit not surprising insight into this aspect of social behavior.

fly b (26)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 7:05 pm
very noteworthy.
people know this, I think - that is why they kiss up to some people; not just to" fit in", but be included and gain something from the individual/collective.
co-dependence, is a far cry from self entitlement - but it is subtle how, in well to do circles, it is almost "acceptable", whereas, at lower income levels, it can be perceived very differently.
" how to win friends and influence people" never seems to grow old, or the added sense of entitlement, or actual entitlement money can bring to a person.
these are generalities; without co-operation from others, money is pretty useless- of course, co-operation is readily available
some say money makes the world go around.
I say it sure plays a big part -


Emma S (239)
Monday July 22, 2013, 2:58 am
Can't get the film to work - just a black screen. I do wonder whether it's the belief that people without money are somehow morally worthier than those with that's kept me poor... (Horrible sentence construction, but hope you know what I mean.) Thanks, Bianca.

Nancy C (806)
Monday July 22, 2013, 6:23 am
I would hope to think that those with adverse reactions might take a "look" at their own behavior and ethics as well as their families and cronies. Makes me sad to think of the riches that could be filtered toward the greater good and instead are held by mercenaries, big banks, overpaid CEOs, cheating corporations and politicians "in bed" with whomever...I'm with Bianca in the fact that folks with power and money AND charitable, altruistic, law abiding ideals do exist. But for now, look both ways before crossing!

Deborah W (6)
Monday July 22, 2013, 6:51 am
Sudden fame and wealth usually not handled well in the long-term. Likewise those born into wealth... makes no difference ... both groups, from the point they take on another in trust, spend the rest of their lives gathering and either hoarding or sharing, all the time worrying about the loyality of family, friends and acquaintances.

In the end what a waste of time ... nobody's found a way to take it with ... don't underestimate the gift of each day (that's why it's called THE PRESENT).

Lona G (80)
Monday July 22, 2013, 7:42 am
Seems to be only one thing for it: make the rich FEEL as poor as possible, then they start to hand out their money and become compassionate.

Bianca D (87)
Monday July 22, 2013, 8:58 am
Emma, you can watch the video on YouTube (search for Money on the Mind PBS) and thanks for your comment!

I sent a note to Prof Piff, and he sent a brief reply:

On 22/07/2013, Paul Piff wrote:

Hi Bianca,

Thanks so much for your email and kind words about the research. And thanks for sharing the link with others! I'm so flattered that others think positively about the work we've been doing.

All best,


On Sun, Jul 21, 2013, Bianca Delfosse wrote:
Dear Paul,

I thought you might like to know that I posted a link to your PBS News Hour video Money
on the Mind on the Care2 webpage and it got a number of interesting comments.
Here's the link if you'd like to have a look.

All the best,

Past Member (0)
Monday July 22, 2013, 9:18 pm

Twyla Sparks (208)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 6:24 am
thanks, noted

jo ann s (24)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 6:36 am
Wow!! Very interesting....

desanka s (416)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 1:19 am
We are not perfect... More money will never make us more happy. Make your choice!
Thank you for posting dear Bianca.

Susanne R (235)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 11:45 am
I enjoyed watching the video from this study, and I have to say that I agree with its observations. Being wealthy provides people with a sense of power and entitlement. I don't know why some people turn into snobs void of compassion when they acquire wealth, but it's painfully clear that many do. It was clearly demonstrated in the video, and I'm sure that we've all observed it in our daily lives. My own children attended school with many children who came from wealthy families. Because we were not in the same league financially, my children were ignored and made to feel "inferior" by many of their classmates. They were never accepted by them --which was a blessing in disguise. Although it was painful to some extent while they lived through it, they're better adults because of it. If they ever become wealthy, I hope their painful experiences of rejection and being treated as "children of a lesser God" will come to the surface and keep them from becoming the kind of people they had to endure during their middle- and high-school years. As their mother, I wouldn't want them to have to go through the experience again, but they learned valuable (albeit painful) lessons from it, and for that I am grateful.

M B (62)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 12:24 pm
thzanks for posting. Money rules the world, we all know, yet I( hate Monopoly game.

Sara Williams (8)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 8:54 pm
A very thought provoking video. I'm not at all surprised by it, though. I see it every day. The people with less seem to have a tendency to be the most generous.
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