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Navigating the Dark Side of Wealth: A Life Guide for Inheritors Hardcover – January, 2003
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Willis earned an MA in English from the University of Oregon and worked at writing, teaching, and leading counseling groups as an apprentice. Desiring to find ways to better help her peers with the emotional issues common to inheritors, she returned to graduate school to earn an MSW, leading to a License in Clinical Social Work.
Willis has a national reputation as an expert, caring presence in assisting people who are working through issues related to wealth. She has presented at numerous conferences, workshops, and seminars in connection with professional associations across the country.
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Most people who are not acquainted with the realities of being wealthy imagine that it is an idyllic condition. But, as Ms Willis came to realize, when she learned of the fifth suicide among her peers from the beautiful, sheltered neighborhood of her childhood, wealth does indeed have its dark side. The patients she describes suffer from guilt, poor self-esteem and problems with interpersonal relationships, as well as lack of a sense of drive, purpose, motivation to be productive and the discipline to stick to goals and accomplish what they set out to do. Happiness, for many of them is elusive despite the fact that inheritors may have a sense of entitlement. The fact that they can afford to have whatever they want, without having to struggle to earn it, may rob them of the challenges which foster healthy personal development in others. Because of the envy and resentment they encounter when they do reveal their circumstances, it is also difficult for many wealthy people to develop and sustain relationships with others, especially those not of similar financial status.Read more ›
While some may mock this book, the truth is it is hard for most people not to resent people of means and harbor bitterness or jealousy over not having financial wealth. It is only human nature. If you can get past this attitude, you will recognize that the book is long overdue for people on either side of the wealth line to understand the dynamics of what money does and does not do. It's an honest book.
It's also very well articulated and presents discussions on several levels, from a basic primer to the more sophisticated challenges wealth presents. The author, who has a national psychotherapy practice specializing in the needs of inheritors, sprinkles her personal experience with those of her clients. She sensitively covers the gamut of topics that inheritors must deal with, including the spiritual, which in this day of political correctness would be ignored by most writers.Read more ›
There have been other outstanding books for the rich across the years such as Amy Domini's The Challenges of Wealth, Robert Wuthnow's God and Mammon in America, and The Crisis in the Churches: Spiritual Malaise, Fiscal Woe. But none that are as inspiring and practically helpful in my opinion.
This book written by a professionally trained psychotherapist who just happens to write very personally from her experience of being from a very wealthy family and a co-owner of a major Fortune 500 corporation stands to be a classic in the field, if there ever was one.
While written for persons of inherited wealth, this book provides great help and hope for all who are affluent.
Founder and former Director of Ministry of Money
Founder and Director of Harvest Time programs for the wealthy
(See Barron's September 18, 2000)
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The guidance and insight provided by this book is so valuable that I re-read it about once a year. Some of the dangers of wealth are hard to anticipate, but reading about them in... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael Hendricks
Anecdotal drivel devoid of any intelligent research – with a fundamentalist Protestant world view making for a superficial discussion of what should have been a fascinating book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dale B Mortimer, M.D.
Thayer is an heiress to a major fortune, and it nearly ruined her life. This book speaks with the authority of one who has been there. I learned a great deal that surprised me. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Russell Kyncl
Thayer's description of a child of great wealth learning to cope with it was very instructive. Her recount of her struggles to understand the legal and accounting documents that... Read morePublished 21 months ago by John Mill
Thayer really gets to the heart of things and one feels her compassion and her knowledge on this subject. Read morePublished on April 1, 2014 by Kate Wilson
Note on me: I'm a financial planner, heir to a substantial fortune and a licensed Christian minister. So I've made a study of books like this for some time. Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by Deckman
I am half way through this book & find it very enlightening. I always said parenting is an "awesome responsiblity" and this surely does prove it. Read morePublished on May 3, 2010 by Purple Lady
Working with financial planers, who are preparing my family to receive a cash out of the family business. This book helps to put things into perspective. Read morePublished on June 24, 2008 by Amazon Customer