Summary of Does Money Make You Mean?

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Can affluence make you a colder, meaner person?


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Social psychologist Paul Piff explains how wealth affects relationships and makes the affluent, well, mean. But there is hope for humanizing the elite: The smallest interventions, such as reminding them of the less fortunate, boost egalitarianism. getAbstract recommends this popular TED Talk to anyone affected by economic inequality – in other words, everyone.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How wealth affects attitudes and behavior,
  • What consequences economic inequality has for society, and
  • What “psychological interventions” and other small changes can increase compassion and egalitarianism.


How do status and wealth affect attitudes and behavior? Researchers conducted a series of studies with thousands of participants to answer this question.
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About the Speaker

Paul Piff is a social psychologist and researcher at the University of California, Berkeley.

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