Spending Is A Crippling Addictive Behavior
Extra money in your bank account means less stress. You don't have to worry about making rent or paying bills. If you're really rich, you never have to worry about working at all. Your leisure time extends 24 hours a day for the next 80 years. While all the rest of us humps are working for the weekend, you're letting your dividends pay for a weekend partying with The Weeknd. Must be nice.
"That Tony Montana guy has so much cocaine, I bet he never has to think about it at all. He's got so much. Must be nice to sit back and do as much cocaine as you want with zero consequences, never having to worry about cocaine. Must be nice."
Doesn't quite work, does it?
"I wish this was pizza."
And big spending can be every bit as addictive as cocaine. Psychologists have coined the term "wealth fatigue syndrome" to describe a set of symptoms commonly found in the super rich: clinical depression, paranoia, and out-of-control spending. Without having something to do, like a day job, many people choose not to do anything productive at all. Sure, we all think we'd dedicate our lives to our families, or helping the needy, or finally pursuing our passions -- but we also think we're going to go to the gym on our day off, and look at how that usually turns out.
Endless, mindless spending is a lot more fun than charity work. But the more you spend, the more you want to spend, like with any addictive behavior. Psychologists working in the wealth fatigue field tell insane stories of people buying multi-million-dollar properties and spending millions more to completely redesign them, only to become disgusted with the project once it's done, scrapping the whole thing to start over, and over, and over.