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The Psychology of Social Status

The Psychology of Social Status

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Nobel Laureate economist, John Harsanyi, said that "apart from economic payoffs, social status seems to be the most important incentive and motivating force of social behavior."

The more noticeable status disparities are, the more concerned with status people become.

Michael Gazzaniga

When you get up in the morning, you do not think about triangles and squares and these similes that psychologists have been using for the past 100 years. You think about status. You think about where you are in relation to your peers.

How to attain status

People who are effective in attaining status do so through behaving generously and helpfully towards their group.

People afford greater status to individuals who donate their own money and those who sacrifice their individual interests for the public good. Demonstra...

Low-status behavior

Low-status people are much more sensitive to being socially rejected and are more inclined to monitor their environment for threats.

Psychologist P.J. Henry says individuals from low-status groups:

  • Tend to engage in more vigilant psychological self-protec...

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