Usually, when we walk by a beggar or a homeless person on the streets we feel the dreadful feeling of remorse. At least this is what most of the compassionate people feel. But it turns out that a professor from Princeton University named Susan Fiske conducted an interesting experiment that proves otherwise.
Her new study suggests that when people are shown images of the poor and homeless people, actually respond with utter disgust and revulsion. Professor Fiske who a specialist in psychology and public affairs created a unique neuroimaging survey that recorded the participants responses when shown images of poor and homeless. Her final conclusion was that Americans react negatively and with disgust as if they were not shown living people but inanimate things.
Dr. Fiske has been studying the viewpoint towards the homeless for the past 12 years and she is by any way surprised by the results. She believes that reacting to the homeless with disgust is an even greater prejudice than racism.