Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Monday, December 13, 2010 8:27 pm

The genesis of IGMFY

I’ve talked from time to time here about the I’ve Got Mine, [Forget] You” crowd and how much trouble they’re causing. But many people ask me (and I’m pretty sure a lot who don’t have at least wondered), WHY do these people, who presumably have been brought up with the same religious/moral instruction and social mores as the rest of us, get it?

Psychologists think it might be because upper-class people are less adept at deriving meaning accurately from personal interaction than are people lower on the socioeconomic scale:

“We found that people from a lower-class background – in terms of occupation, status, education and income level – performed better in terms of emotional intelligence, the ability to read the emotions that others are feeling,” says Michael Kraus, co-author of the study and a postdoctoral student in psychology at the University of California, San Francisco.

In other words, if you’re looking for a little empathy, you’re more likely to get it from a poor person than a rich one (just ask Bob Cratchit).

So, rich people: You might want to become aware of people “looking daggers” at you lest you look at see a real dagger coming at you.

 

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 8:54 pm

Teachable moments

Filed under: Quote Of The Day — Lex @ 8:54 pm
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“Is there anything on this planet more infuriating and tiresome than somebody else telling you, with a sickly smile and a pat on the head, what kind of lessons your personal apocalypse should be teaching you?”

— Athenae, First Draft

Empathy: I don’t know that it ought to be a characteristic of a Supreme Court justice, but it surely ought to be a characteristic of a human being.

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