21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
An eye-opening book...,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Golden Ghetto: The Psychology of Affluence (Hardcover)
The author describes the debilitating impact that 'unearned' inherited wealth has had on both her own and interviewees lives in terms that have opened my eyes about how a similar set of circumstances has confused and depressed me. I have been trying to find ideas for therapy to deal with chronic depression and this book addresses my situation more directly than any I have come across. She points out that inheritors of sudden wealth have a significant challenge in developing and maintaining strong senses of self-worth, self-respect and self-confidence, especially when the wealth is handed over at an age before the young adult has proved that he or she can 'make it on their own'. While reading the book, I gained a lot by answering some of the most pertinent questions listed in the Appendix, which enabled me to create a mini-autobiography and assessment of my own relationship to money and the roles it has played in my life to date. This book, together with practical exercises in "Undoing Depression", by Richard O'Connor, have helped me more than several different therapists in my effort to make sense of how money has impacted my life in a 'not always helpful' way. Thank you , Ms. O'Neill.