The poor, or those with fewer resources, are on the opposite end of this spectrum. They tend to have less control over their lives, and they are more dependent on the actions and decisions of others. Since they are often employed in subordinate positions, their lives are often dictated by the orders of the wealthy. Since they have fewer personal resources, they are far more apt to pool their resources and work in groups. This leads naturally to more interdependent behavior, which leads to greater feelings of empathy and a higher likeliness to notice the feels and suffering others.
At a most basic level, this study reveals something interesting about human nature. The more we have, the less we notice or care for other people and the less social and group-oriented we become.
It is also tendency that persists across different cultures. Despite well ingrained stereotypes – ‘Americans are inclined toward independence and wealth-seeking’ while ‘Chinese are more group-oriented’ cultural differences did not influence the results overmuch. Richer Chinese citizens still displayed greater levels of narcissistic behavior than did poorer Chinese.