Does money make you mean?

  • metta

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    Dec 21, 2013 4:40 PM GMT
    Does money make you mean? Please make sure to watch this clip so that you understand what they mean by being mean. It is an interesting study. I don't know how one can just discount what the study is showing without some kind of proof that it is wrong. It is trying to show us a little bit on how the human mind actually works/evaluates.

    In other words, try and look at this from a Sociologist point of view instead of your own personal prejudices (which we all have). Thanks!

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    Dec 22, 2013 1:22 AM GMT
    No, having no money makes me mean.
  • BAHBAA

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    Dec 22, 2013 1:52 AM GMT
    Money doesn't make you mean some people just have bad manners. Having worked in a high end place with a lot of rich customers I noticed that the majority of the time the ones that were truly wealthy treated everyone like gold.
  • goodmagic

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    Dec 22, 2013 2:08 AM GMT
    It's an energy boost!
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    Dec 22, 2013 2:16 AM GMT
    Gas makes me mean!
  • jgymnast733

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    Dec 22, 2013 2:23 AM GMT
    Na, i dont think it does...........
    I work for a Luxury Hotel here in New York City and theres most Def a difference between the Rich and the Wealthy...
    The Wealthy are relaxed yet refined with no pretence since money has never been an issue...BUT The Nouveau Riche on the other hand are a bunch of ASSHOLES,barking orders and talking down to people...For some reason they believe thats the way their supposed to behave,but when they start barking at me i dont lose my cool--I simply remember that
    " Manners are made up of trivialities of deportment which can be easily learned if one does not happen to know them"
    So i calmly and Eloquently exhibit oratory skills they should possess, once they realize i wont be moved by their loudness or theatricks they calm the fuck down...LOL
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    Dec 22, 2013 2:33 AM GMT
    As the video showed, compassion and empathy suffer with wealth and privilege.

    It's a very interesting time in America these days. icon_confused.gif
  • Thicktoes

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    Dec 22, 2013 3:08 AM GMT
    jgymnast733 saidNa, i dont think it does...........
    I work for a Luxury Hotel here in New York City and theres most Def a difference between the Rich and the Wealthy...
    The Wealthy are relaxed yet refined with no pretence since money has never been an issue...BUT The Nouveau Riche on the other hand are a bunch of ASSHOLES,barking orders and talking down to people...For some reason they believe thats the way their supposed to behave,but when they start barking at me i dont lose my cool--I simply remember that
    " Manners are made up of trivialities of deportment which can be easily learned if one does not happen to know them"
    So i calmly and Eloquently exhibit oratory skills they should possess, once they realize i wont be moved by their loudness or theatricks they calm the fuck down...LOL

    i can always tell when your pissed because your way too relaxed jos.hahaicon_lol.gif
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Dec 22, 2013 3:32 AM GMT
    I deal with a lot of very wealthy people in my work, and most of them are some of the nicest people I have ever met. Many of them you would never even know they are filthy rich. I think a lot of meanest actually comes more from deep rooted insecurity, and some people are just jerks by nature.
  • MarvelClimber

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    Dec 22, 2013 3:47 AM GMT
    I think more money makes you more apathetic to those with less. Money separates and can easily distance you from what really matters in life. There's a lot of superficiality that comes with large sums. It probably will harden you to an extent.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Dec 22, 2013 4:04 AM GMT
    I think it all depends on ones views of money to begin with.
    Some (sadly like an aunt & uncle of mine) becomes hermits and suspicious, thinking neighbors, etc are going to steal from them. They live in another community, but I hear about the behavior all the time. Others may view it as something that is nice, but not vital to who they are as people.
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    Dec 22, 2013 4:36 AM GMT
    No, I came from a modest background and have to work for my money! There were time I had a lot and time I had little, it doesn't make me mean! I see it as an option to do more things when you have more $$$! Dealing with bitchy/arrogant/mean people make me mean!! icon_evil.gif
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    Dec 22, 2013 1:47 PM GMT
    Sure would give me something to do but no, I'm honest about who I like naturally.
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    Dec 22, 2013 2:36 PM GMT
    Mean at the strip club...yeah!!


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    Dec 22, 2013 2:39 PM GMT
    ^Lolz

    actually Money makes me Good, that's why the Devil ain't wanna give me money. He knows I'll turn earth into heaven.
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    Dec 22, 2013 2:43 PM GMT
    I'll let you know when I win the Lotto..
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    Dec 22, 2013 2:56 PM GMT
    I suppose it can depend on how the money was made. Men who fought hard for their money, sometimes using questionable tactics, can carry that ruthlessness over into their personal lives. Plus there are those who inherited money, rich from birth, who display a meanness born of disdain for others of lesser station. Yet I know many with money who, far from being mean, are kind and warm-hearted, and generous with their wealth.

    So I don't think money itself causes meanness, but it's the money methods that make you mean.
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    Dec 22, 2013 2:58 PM GMT
    Based on a variety of personal observations, yes. The trend for most people is that as they gain wealth they become less empathetic toward those less fortunate, less likely to share, and gain a greater sense of entitlement. They are more likely to think that they truly deserve everything they have; and that hose who have less deserve less.
  • Nayro

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    Dec 22, 2013 3:05 PM GMT
    BAHBAA saidMoney doesn't make you mean some people just have bad manners. Having worked in a high end place with a lot of rich customers I noticed that the majority of the time the ones that were truly wealthy treated everyone like gold.


    Well I'm not rich but I would treat you like gold too icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 22, 2013 3:13 PM GMT
    Aristoshark saidDealing with morans makes me mean.

    This.
    Dealing with super wealthy morons makes me especially mean, just so you know.
  • Lincsbear

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    Dec 22, 2013 4:22 PM GMT
    A very interesting and revealing experiment. It`s findings contradict the orthodoxy in western societies that the increase in material wealth always improves society; it doesn`t seem to. In fact, it seems to reduce our compassion and empathy for those less fortunate than ourselves. But worse, the huge growth in material wealth since the Industrial Revolution may be demoralizing all of us, even the richer members; concern for our fellow man is slowly draining away and society is disintegrating into a ever more selfish, grim struggle for ourselves alone. The recent financial/economic crisis in the UK/USA, etc. seems to have turned the screw on this decline a little bit more. Our future looks bleak even if the economy picks up!
    The experiment in the video confirms my own experience: that the richer you are, the less generous you are, relatively speaking. I use the word 'generous' in more than its monetary meaning. It explains why I`ve found poorer people to be more giving than the rich despite their more limited means; they have the greater sense of compassion and empathy; the greater sense that society is a team effort.
    Interestingly, I`ve found the self made rich are often even worse than the inherited rich in this question of meaness.
    The other thing I`ve noticed is the sense of moral superiority among the richer towards others and a strong sense of their own entitlement.
  • conservativej...

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    Dec 22, 2013 7:22 PM GMT
    RealJock Therapy 101

    Not always such a bad thing. Especially from a comfortable distance.
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    Dec 22, 2013 7:25 PM GMT
    No.
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    Dec 22, 2013 7:53 PM GMT
    i was mean before the millions and billions
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    Dec 22, 2013 8:28 PM GMT
    GrumpyKat saidNo, having no money makes me mean.


    Came in to say this