How did 9-11 Affect the American Dream?
It seems that this research was only possible by coincidence.
While feelings of personal stress and mental well-being did not change, participants were much more likely to report they disagreed with statements such as "I am responsible for my own successes," and, "my misfortunes are the result of mistakes I have made," than they were prior to Sept. 11. The findings are even more striking given that most subjects were 50 or older, an age at which people's fundamental attitudes about the world tend typically do not change, Wolinsky said.
I wonder how prevalent this attitude has become, and if it will have long-term effects on the economy.