Wealth and the Inflated Self

  title={Wealth and the Inflated Self},
  author={Paul K. Piff},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={34 - 43}
  • P. Piff
  • Published 1 January 2014
  • Psychology
  • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Americans may be more narcissistic now than ever, but narcissism is not evenly distributed across social strata. Five studies demonstrated that higher social class is associated with increased entitlement and narcissism. Upper-class individuals reported greater psychological entitlement (Studies 1a, 1b, and 2) and narcissistic personality tendencies (Study 2), and they were more likely to behave in a narcissistic fashion by opting to look at themselves in a mirror (Study 3). Finally, inducing… 

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