- Perceived inequality affects people more than actual status "- Feeling Poor Hurts Like Being Poor"
- In planes with business classes, chances of air rage is higher when the economy passengers have to board passing the business class area.
- stress is a reaction we developed since early hunter gatherer socity, which prioritizes fighting immediate life-threatening danger over long term development. it doesn't work, however, very well in the modern society. “Studies have shown that people with lower incomes tend to have higher levels of stress hormones, like cortisol and adrenaline, in their bloodstreams.”. “Stress does not create new energy; it only redirects it: When the stress response gives a boost in one area, it has to take something away somewhere else. In the face of the potential emergency stirring in the grass, your body shuts down all unnecessary functions. The glucose and proteins that flood your bloodstream are now being taken away from long-term projects like cell division, maintenance, and repair and redirected to the muscles.”
- Feeling suprior leads people to treat others like "idiots" and inferior. no longer listens to their opinions. ".. feeling superior in status magnifies our feeling that we see reality as it is while our opponents are deluded ... the top and the bottom of the social ladder drift further apart, our politics will become more divisive. That is exactly what has happened over the past several decades."
- inequality is a matter of life and death. the better off one is on the ladder, the longer one lives. and every bit higher continues to make a difference.
- high inequality is correlated with crime and violence once poverty is no longer a problem
- Lake Wobegon effect. We overrate ourselves on positive traits. most people rate themselves as Above Average on positive traits. the more we care, the more the overrating.