How Do We Really Feel About The Rich And The Poor?

When I was about 12 years old, one of my friends told me a joke.

He asked, “What’s the difference between a bumblebee and a corvette?”

When I shrugged he said, “The prick is on the outside of the bumblebee.”

Jealousy might be the root of such tasteless jokes–and that makes sense.

At some point in our lives, we’ve all craved something we can’t afford. Perhaps we were jealous when we saw somebody else enjoying what we wanted.

But how do we really feel about the rich… and the poor? Psychology researchers Lasana Harris and Susan Fiske wanted to find out. 

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Andrew Hallam

I’m a financial columnist for Canada’s national paper, The Globe and Mail, as well as for AssetBuilder, a financial service firm based in Texas. I’m also the author of Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School (2nd Ed. Wiley 2017) and The Global Expatriate’s Guide To Investing: From Millionaire Teacher to Millionaire Expat (Wiley 2015). My mission is to educate, motivate and inspire people on basic retirement planning and best practices for investing, using evidence-based strategies. I'm happy to comment on your questions. However, please read the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and the Comments Policy.

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