Monthly Archives: April 2014

The affluenza buzzword

[Note: The Affluenza Project is completely unrelated with The Inheritance Project.]

Jessie H. O’Neill  is the author of a 1997 book entitled The Golden Ghetto: The Psychology of Affluence, which I read shortly after its publication. O’Neill created the word “affluenza” by playing with the word “influenza,” deleting the letters “inf-”, adding “af”, and then combining them with “-luenza.” I wanted to see if I could find any dictionary definitions, and I did find affluenza in the Oxford English Dictionary. It is defined there 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.” Continue reading

Jennifer Ladd Consulting

“I learned that many people of wealth are hidden, isolated, and troubled about their wealth. I wanted to help people in that frame of mind start to heal their wounds around wealth and get in touch with their power as part of an interconnected whole. I decided to start a consulting business, which I named Class Action. I describe myself as a ‘donor organizer and philanthropic adviser.’ ”

Labors of Love: The Legacy of Inherited Wealth, Book 2.

Jenny is one of four inheritors who I interviewed for Labors of Love, my second book. These individuals work with inheritors’ personal, financial, and social issues in their own distinct ways. Continue reading