April 17, 2000 (Kentfield, Calif.) -- For all our fantasies of winning the
lottery, sudden fortune can cause remarkable stress.
Therapist Stephen Goldbart, PhD, of Kentfield, Calif., says the newly rich
"feel cut off from their friends and family. They're suspicious of
investment counselors, afraid their kids will grow up spoiled or crippled by
the money. And they suffer from an identity crisis because at the ripe old age
of thirty-something they no longer have to go to work."
By Gretchen Rubin
I'm a real gold-star junkie. One of my worst qualities is my insatiable need for credit; I always want the recognition, the praise, that gold star stuck on my homework. Recently, I was grumbling to my mother about the fact that some extraordinarily praiseworthy effort on my part had gone unremarked upon. My mother wisely responded, "Most people probably don't get the appreciation they deserve." That's right, I realized — for instance, my mother herself! I certainly don't give her...