Science has definitely provided answers to a lot of things and this time around it says the reason you may such at relationships is because you’re rich!
If recent researches are anything to go by, it definitely agrees with the old saying that you can possess anything you want, but you can’t keep a friend. This is definitely rich people problems.
A new study says that people who have lots of money have trouble in their relationships. According to psychologists at the University of Waterloo, the fact that you are in a higher social class is linked to a lower ability to deal with interpersonal conflicts. Breaking this down into simple terms means, ‘Have money’ equals ‘make it go away.’
Researchers believe that the lack of people skills is because, despite the fact that rich people are well-educated, not very many posses the deep wisdom that is needed when it comes to feelings and empathy in relationships.
The researchers believed that what rich subjects lacked was their ability to recognise the fact that the world is in flux. They also had an inability to see different perspectives, and zero-to-low levels of intellectual humility.
Furthermore, the psychologists believe that “While higher-class individuals may enjoy the cognitive benefits of status, those same environments may constrain their ability or motivation to reason wisely”.
Conversely, they also found that limited resources and other threats associated with lower class environments may promote wise reasoning about interpersonal affairs, enabling greater vigilance and management of uncertainty associated with such environments.
A two-part study which was done to determine the results found that in the first study, 2,145 people from different socio-economic backgrounds were asked to recall recent conflicts they had with a friend or in the workplace, then judge whether or not they engaged in one of the five aspects of what the authors describe as the wise reasoning style.
299 people from michigan who came from working or middle-class backgrounds participated in the second study. They were asked to go over “Dear Abby” letters and asked how they thought the situation developed after the letter was sent, why that happened, and what they think the people looking for advice should do.
Both studies found out that people from higher classes were bad at “wisdom reasoning.” This was because rich people were surrounded by other rich people who more than often are not in a good position, especially where their success hinges on collaborating and cooperating.
As such, when conflict sets into the relationship, they don’t know how to deal and often just bail. You have a lot of reasons to be happy with your relationships if you are in the middle or lower class and you can do more to better your relationships if you belong to the top class.