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Affluenza: Money Spoils! by Gina’s blog (BLW Contributor)

It has been said that the richer people get, the less emphatic or compassionate they become.

What Is Affluenza:

Affluenza, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is “the unhealthy and unwelcome psychological and social effects of affluence regarded especially as a widespread societal problem.” The Oxford English Dictionary defines affluenza as “a psychological malaise supposedly affecting wealthy young people, symptoms of which include a lack of motivation, feelings of guilt and a sense of isolation.”

It is thought to have been first used in 1954 but it gained legs as a concept with a 1997 PBS documentary of the same name and the subsequent book, Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic (2001, revised in 2005, 2014). These works define affluenza as “a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.” It’s since been used to describe a condition in which children, generally from rich families, have a sense of entitlement, are irresponsible, make excuses for poor behavior, and sometimes dabble into drugs and alcohol. The term “affluenza” has also been used to refer to an inability to understand the consequences of one’s actions because of financial privilege.

My Thoughts On All These:

“A parent’s primary job, apart from providing for their kids, is to prepare them for how the world really works. When parents are overprotective, unrealistic, give their kids everything they ask for, rather than their needs, or leave them unchecked, they are simply spoiling them or ruining their future. Spoiling a child is as dangerous as neglecting his needs and both actions have severe psychological effects on the development of his personality.

When a child finds that all of his demands are being met by others, he never bothers to develop the necessary life skills he might need later on. Spoiled children become ill-equipped to face life problems.”

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  1. It is really important to teach our kids how money really works and how do you get money, which is by serving others. If a kid is thought this and the difference between right and wrong through spirituality he will be a good adult. Money just reveals more of what we already are.

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