Something I’ve suspected for a very long time has been confirmed.
The study cited in this article could explain why wealthier (mostly upper middle class, who are still trying to achieve “upper class” status) are more likely than others to be narcissistic and have scapegoat and golden child children. I have found that many upper middle class families are extremely competitive and value material and financial success over familial compassion, a sense of “we are in this together,” and unconditional love. Of course not all of them are like this, but many are. Middle- to working-class and poor families are much more likely to stick together and try to help each other out, even when funds are lacking. This article will explain why it might bode better for your future to be the loved child of a poor family than the scapegoated or rejected child of a wealthier one. Less wealthy people tend to be more emotionally intelligent.
Here are two related articles from the same blog.
“The rich are different from you and me,” wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald in “The Rich Boy,” [Thanks, Postman] and now science is proving he was right.
Keri Chiodo of the Association for Psychological Science explains:
Upper-class people have more educational opportunities, greater financial security, and better job prospects than people from lower social classes, but that doesn’t mean they’re more skilled at everything. A new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds surprisingly, that lower-class people are better at reading the emotions of others.
The researchers were inspired by observing that, for lower-class people, success depends more on how much they can rely on other individuals. For example, if you can’t afford to buy support services, such as daycare service for your children, you have to rely on your neighbors or relatives to watch the kids while you attend classes or run…
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