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The Rich Are Different -- And Not In A Good Way, Studies Suggest

08/10/2011 03:09 pm ET | Updated Oct 10, 2011

By Brian Alexander for MSNBC

Psychologist and social scientist Dacher Keltner says the rich really are different, and not in a good way: Their life experience makes them less empathetic, less altruistic, and generally more selfish.

In fact, he says, the philosophical battle over economics, taxes, debt ceilings and defaults that are now roiling the stock market is partly rooted in an upper class "ideology of self-interest."

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