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Social class, solipsism, and contextualism: how the rich are different from the poor.
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This framework describes how class-based contextualist and solipsistic tendencies shape the self, perceptions of the social environment, and relationships to other individuals and details 9 hypotheses and relevant empirical evidence concerning how class influences behavior.
Having less, giving more: the influence of social class on prosocial behavior.
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Mediator and moderator data showed that lower class individuals acted in a more prosocial fashion because of a greater commitment to egalitarian values and feelings of compassion, and implications for social class, prosocial behavior, and economic inequality are discussed.
Social class, sense of control, and social explanation.
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The authors predicted that social class would be closely associated with a reduced sense of personal control and that this association would explain why lower class individuals favor contextual over dispositional explanations of social events.
Social Class, Contextualism, and Empathic Accuracy
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Lower-class individuals received higher scores on a test of empathic accuracy, judged the emotions of an interaction partner more accurately, and made more accurate inferences about emotion from static images of muscle movements in the eyes.
Social power facilitates the effect of prosocial orientation on empathic accuracy.
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In 3 studies with university and adult samples, prosocial orientation was more strongly associated with empathic accuracy when distinct forms of power were high than when power was low, and a mediated relationship between prossocial orientation and career satisfaction was shown through empathy accuracy among employees who occupied high-power positions within an organization.
Signs of Socioeconomic Status
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Nonverbal displays of disengagement and engagement predicted observers' estimates of SES, which suggests that these cues are systematic signs of SET, according to analyses of resource dependence and power.
The Local-Ladder Effect
TLDR
It is proposed that sociometric status—the respect and admiration one has in face-to-face groups (e.g., among friends or coworkers)—has a stronger effect on SWB than does socioeconomic status.
Class and compassion: socioeconomic factors predict responses to suffering.
TLDR
A potential mechanism of class-based influences on compassion, whereby lower-class individuals' are more attuned to others' distress, relative to their upper-class counterparts is discussed.
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