I have a strong feeling that many people consider life as a zero-sum game, i.e. they always assume that you'll benefit, if you harm/disadvantage someone. Any research on this?
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This kind of thinking can be connected simply with psychoticism, which is classed as personality trait by Eysenck (1976). One pole of this trait is connected with altriusm and pro-social behaviours and the second one with psychopathy, schizofrenic and criminality behaviours.
1) Eysenck, H. J (1976) Psychoticism as a dimension of personality
2) Erik Woody†,* andGordon Claridge (2011) Psychoticism and thinking