What is the psychology and the research behind why many people are angry about athletes â€œtaking a kneeâ€ during the playing of the national anthem? Part of the explanation lies in whatâ€™s called the â€œempathy deficitâ€ that people in power can sometimes display. That is, those in higher social classes in societies are often not able to correctly interpret the facial expressions and gestures of people in lower social classes. Donâ€™t believe it? In this episode I go through the research on how this â€œempathy deficitâ€ was discovered. Judge for yourself. Thereâ€™s also a little evolutionary psychology here so I think youâ€™ll find this episode of interest. Check it out!
Resources for this episode
- The Psychology of Taking a Knee
- Power Causes Brain Damage
- The Power Paradox
- Episode 222: How To Remember Jokes