Stress can lead to inequality (and vice versa)

From experience to meaning...

This study is a new step in research from the past couple of years on scarcity and IQ (check here, here and here) . This new study shows how stress could actually be both a consequence and a cause of social and economic inequality, affecting our ability to compete and make financial decisions.

In short:

  • Stress generates competitive and economic inequality.
  • Competitive confidence is unaffected by trait anxiety under control conditions.
  • Stress makes low-anxiety individuals overconfident and high-anxious underconfident.
  • Stress affects self-confidence under high-uncertainty conditions.

From the press release:

Confidence is essential to our ability to compete in society; when we don’t feel confident, we are less likely to make the kind of decisions that can give us a financial and social edge over others. By driving social competition, confidence becomes central in the organization and function of human societies, and marks the way individuals interact with each…

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