Ulterior Motives

How goals, both seen and unseen, drive behavior

Rich, Entitled, and Narcissistic

Narcissists are self-centered people who take the view that they are far more important than the people around them. They promote themselves to the exclusion of others and take other people’s successes as competition to their own. They also tend to suck the life out of groups, because they steal the limelight and push their own agenda at the expense of others. Read More

I used to have more compassion for poor people-

-before moving to a less well-off neighborhood.
There is no dispair or depression here.
Only anger and entitlement.
People here rant and fury about the "rich doin' what they please", yet have no qualms about acting or looking rich when they can't afford it.
Many of my neighbors have large screen televisions, then complain their electricity bill is too high because of "the rich".
People here have kids they can't support, and then use the number of children they have to demand deferencial treatment. Everything is "too expensive" because of "the rich".
I stopped going to a local church because everyone who claimed poverty was full of blame and anger. If they had asked for help, that would've been different.

Time Perception and Entitlement

I believe in one of your previous posts you mentioned that a high sense of entitlement was associated with a slow perception of time (i.e. time was passing by slowly). Thus perhaps people with a high SES perceive time to be moving very slowly. Slow perception of time is associated with depression. So narcissistic people may be more depressed than their counterparts.

Interesting idea. Narcissism

Interesting idea. Narcissism is not generally associated with depression, though there is some anxiety in depression and also in narcissism, so they could be similar in this way.

That is an interesting connection. I'll see if I can find anything that looks related to this idea.

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Art Markman, Ph.D., is a cognitive scientist at the University of Texas whose research spans a range of topics in the way people think.

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