Entitled People Are More Likely To Be Angry at Bad Luck

Entitled People Are More Likely To Be Angry at Bad Luck

Unfairness fires people up, whereas bad luck just disappoints. While anger can help when directed at the offender, it’s hard to see any upside to seething in response to bad luck. To test this idea, we examined whether highly entitled people were more likely to get angry when they experienced minor bad luck. In a third study, we investigated whether more entitled people also felt angry in response to other people’s bouts of misfortune or, as we hypothesized, only when they were personally victimized by bad luck. Across our studies, we found that people with an inflated sense of entitlement were more likely to get angry about bad luck, as if it were a personal injustice and the cards were purposely stacked against them.

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