Adam Smith warned us about sympathising with the elites

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Featuring an article from The Psyche magazine in a newsletter focusing on the applied side of Behavior Science may seem odd. BUT in this amazing piece, Blake Smith (University of Chicago) explains why we are enamoured by the rich and famous (and the dead) because of 'sympathy', how sympathy drives us to ambition but also to depression and why the way out of this conundrum is robust but radical.

The author Blake Smith goes all the way back to Adam Smith and how he developed a theory based on sympathy, before he wrote the Wealth of Nations.

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