The Richest People In The World Are Going To ‘Wealth Therapists’ Because Being Super Rich Is Tough

This is actually happening.

Obviously it’s not nice to make fun of people for going to therapy, but ‘wealth therapy’ is still a relatively new thing so it’s fair game to take the piss out of.

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The Guardian recently did a piece on wealth therapists and basically, this is the kind of thing we’re dealing with according to therapist Clay Cockrell who does “gluten-fee walk and talks” (huh?) with those facing “wealth issues” in New York:

We are trained to have empathy, no judgement and so many of the uber wealthy — the 1% of the 1% — they feel that their problems are really not problems. But they are. A lot of therapists do not give enough weight to their issues …

On how being super rich can be super lonely:

The Occupy Wall Street movement was a good one and had some important things to say about income inequality, but it singled out the 1% and painted them globally as something negative. It’s an -ism… I am not necessarily comparing it to what people of colour have to go through, but … it really is making value judgement about a particular group of people as a whole.

The media is partly to blame for making the rich “feel like they need to hide or feel ashamed”:

Sometimes I am shocked by things that people say. If you substitute in the word Jewish or black, you would never say something like that. You’d never say — spoiled rotten or you would never refer to another group of people in the way that it seems perfectly normal to refer to wealth holders… People say: ‘Oh, poor you.’ There is not a lot of sympathy there.

Comparing it to coming out as gay:

Wealth is still one of our last taboos. Often, I use an analogy with my clients that coming out to people about their wealth is similar to coming out of the closet as gay. There’s a feeling of being exposed and dealing with judgment.


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Erm… yeah. I’m sure the LGBT community sees it that way too. Still I guess Biggie had a point— more money, more problems. Except I’m sure most people would gladly take on the trials and tribulations of being a billionaire than having to deal with the problems that arise out of not being a billionaire.

Whatever the case, it’s tough to feel too sorry for them. Especially when you then get a story like this one where a guy overcame his depression issues by going on a week-long coke bender with a crew of Mexican prostitutes. Problem solved.


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