The Asshole Effect

"As people get richer, they are more likely to feel entitled, to exploit others, and to cheat. That extends to politics too"


Thu, Jul 10th, 2014 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to research by U.S. Psychologist Paul Piff, The Asshole Effect is the term used to identify individuals who due to wealth, have an engrossed sense of entitlement. Reportedly, these individuals are more likely "to consider 'stealing or benefiting from things to which they were not entitled' than those from a middle-class or lower-class background."

Piff conducted a series of revealing experiments. One was remarkably simple. Researchers positioned themselves at crossroads. They watched out for aggressive, selfish behaviour among drivers, and recorded the make and model of the car. Piff found drivers of expensive, high-status vehicles behave worse than those sputtering along in battered Toyota Corollas.

They were four times more likely to cut off drivers with lower status vehicles. As a pedestrian looking carefully left and right before using a crossing, you should pay attention to the kind of car bearing down on you. Drivers of high-status vehicles were three times as likely to fail to yield at pedestrian crossings. In contrast, all the drivers of the least expensive type of car gave way to pedestrians.



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