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Rich Man's Woes

Graeme Wood glimpses the results from an exclusive study of roughly 165 wealthy households, the majority of which have at least $25 million in assets:

But just as the human body didn’t evolve to deal well with today’s easy access to abundant fat and sugars, and will crave an extra cheeseburger when it shouldn’t, the human mind, apparently, didn’t evolve to deal with excess money, and will desire more long after wealth has become a burden rather than a comfort. A vast body of psychological evidence shows that the pleasures of consumption wear off through time and depend heavily on one’s frame of reference.

... Among other woes, the survey respondents report feeling that they have lost the right to complain about anything, for fear of soundingor beingungrateful. Those with children worry that their children will become trust-fund brats if their inheritances are too largeor will be forever resentful if those inheritances (or parts of them) are instead bequeathed to charity. The respondents also confide that they feel their outside relationships have been altered by, and have in some cases become contingent on, their wealth.