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« Reply #1 on: 2010-12-14 15:22:32 »
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I would suggest that this might be directly related to how many people are in a person's circle of influence. Wealthier people tend naturally to exert greater influence over a larger group of people.  As one's influence grows, it becomes impossible not to hurt someone's feelings, or someone else's expectations, etc.

So I wonder if over time, this doesn't de-sensitize the wealthier individuals.  You just can't care about everyone as much when there are so many more people looking up to you for guidance and leadership.

Now, that doesn't mean that there aren't influential people with leadership skills at all levels of society. But I can imagine that those who start at the bottom of the ladder and grow to the upper echelons of social status will lose some empathy, or at least become better able to deal with the pain that empathy can cause, as they move up.


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« Reply #3 on: 2011-03-01 10:52:30 »
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Quote from: Ophis on 2010-12-14 15:22:32   

I would suggest that this might be directly related to how many people are in a person's circle of influence. Wealthier people tend naturally to exert greater influence over a larger group of people.  As one's influence grows, it becomes impossible not to hurt someone's feelings, or someone else's expectations, etc.


Further to this I wonder if the phenomenon is a natural result of the structure of society, kind of a pyramid with few at the top and many at the bottom with envy largely going in one direction from bottom to top. The directionality of the envy means that the few at the top don't consider (i.e. are literally inconsiderate to) the mass of people of lower status.
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quoting: http://www.rotman.utoronto.ca/facBios/file/Kraus%20C%C3%B4t%C3%A9%20Keltner%20PS%20in%20press.pdf page 6, General Discussion

I don't think it has so much to do with envy as necessity. If envy means a desire to be like the higher status individual, I would guess that strategy would backfire. Becoming more introspective would tend to cause the envious striver to disconnect from his/her social environment more which is exactly the opposite of what would be necessary to climb the social ladder.



This quote seems to support my conjecture. The envious striver cannot afford to disconnect from the social environment so must employ greater empathy.
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Quote from: MoEnzyme on 2012-12-27 07:17:08   

Quote:
Winning an argument is always tempting.
Who doesn’t want to be right? Have the last word? Be the meanest and sharpest and smartest with their words?
Be victorious!
Not feeling it?
Argument is usually corrosive to healthy relationships, and here are six reasons why you never need to win one:


http://mindfulconstruct.com/2009/09/24/6-reasons-why-you-never-need-to-win-an-argument/
1) You can never technically “win”.
2) Arguing perpetuates conflict.
3) The legal system is based on arbitration.
4) No one can argue against feelings.
5) No one can argue against needs.
6) Trying to control another person’s opinion oversteps both their boundaries and yours.



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