What Others Are Saying
"A touching account of O'Neill's own struggle and a road map to healthy relationships. There's even a questionnaire. HINT: If you take the quiz while sipping champagne in your private cabana in St. Jean cap-Ferrat, turn to Chapter One."
-- Palm Beach Illustrated
The Golden Ghetto : The Psychology of Affluence
Jessie O'Neill gives a ground-breaking, insider's view of the world of wealth, the unique personality traits, and what really makes the affluent "tick."
O'Neill shows how those who have attained great wealth, inherited money or spend their lives chasing it, often lose the very joy that makes life truly "rich" -- loving, lasting relationships with our families and friends, spirituality, and the balance and self-fulfillment that comes with the knowledge that it is truly better to give than to receive.
O'Neill shares her own painful story of growing up in a dysfunctional affluent home, the granddaughter of Charles Erwin Wilson, former president of General Motors and Secretary of Defense under Dwight D. Eisenhower.
In this unique, first of it's kind book. O'Neill identifies the problems of the rich and would-be rich, their causes and symptoms. She defines affluenza as a dysfunctional relationship with money, wealth or its pursuit. O'Neill also offers solutions based on an insider's perspective--combined with her professional training and education as a licensed therapist. And she shares stories of struggle and triumph based on research, interviews, and the journeys of her clients and affluent friends. The Golden Ghetto is an indispensable tool for individuals who desire a more balanced relationship with money. For those who advise the wealthy, it offers an insight into the psychology of money which becomes an indispensable tool in serving and attracting the affluent client.
The Golden Ghetto: The Psycholoqy of Affluence also provides a penetrating look at how and why the American Dream has failed. This is a wake-up call for our nation to redefine wealth, not as a measure of money, but as a reflection of our hearts.