Study: Rich Americans Can't Read People's Emotions

Warren Buffet and his ice cream don't understand you.

Wealthier, upper-class people are worse at reading other people’s emotions, says a new study from Psychological Science. Interestingly, those with more education, wealth, and social status (as defined by themselves) were not as good as lower-class Americans when it came to figuring out if someone was happy, angry, upset, or anxious.

“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.

But what’s the explanation? Perhaps the rich don’t need to rely on anyone else, while the not-rich have to regularly rely on and interact with other people more often. Or, a scarier explanation: maybe the key to wealth is to be unwilling to empathize or understand other humans.

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