Wealth Anxiety?

This feels slightly odd. Wealth anxiety? I was reading an article in the Guardian recently which describes the accumulation of wealth as having a down-side.

Of course, I can relate to the feelings created when you strive for perfection. It is incredibly stressful to say the least. Nothing is good enough for long enough. Looking for perfection is all very well but there is something very limiting about it. Exhausting even.

You can see where tedium comes into play. Fighting to maintain an ephemeral material image which can be shattered in a mere moment if you happen to encounter bankruptcy….stressful stuff.

Of course, on the flip side of the coin, there are people who stand to lose everything in the case of being declared bankrupt – roof over their heads, food…everything. So – we could say while some of us experience perfection anxiety, some of us experience survival anxiety instead.

So stress is all relative it seems. Some of us worry about eating and paying rent and some of us worry about ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ and buying the latest iphone to show off to our uber-wealthy comrades who are bravely fighting the battle of this never ending tedium.

Aren’t we all?



Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett


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