Affluenza


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Affluenza

1. A situation in which wealthy people find themselves unhappy. The term came to prominence in the mid-2000s, when the financial industry was doing extraordinarily well but people who worked on Wall Street or The City discovered that large bank accounts did not satisfy them at their deepest levels.

2. A slang term for greed.
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68) Danielle Eckenroth, Wealthy "Justice ": The Role Wealth Plays in Sentencing and in the Affluenza Defense, 41 New Eng.
The Affluenza virus, as described by James, is a set of values which increase our vulnerability to psychological distress: placing a high value on acquiring money and possessions, looking good in the eyes of others and wanting to be famous - all encouraged by mainstream media and advertising," said Micah.
John de Graaf is a co-author of the recently reissued bestseller Affluenza, as well as What's the Economy For Anyway?
Ethan Couch, 16, was sentenced to 10 years probation after a psychologist testified at his trial that he suffered from affluenza or "spoiled brat" syndrome--a belief that his parents' wealth meant his actions had no consequences.
Can we now expect a series of similar affluenza pleas in defence of anti-social behaviour?
In this country, measles is taking the health headlines by storm, but if the tiny seeds of affluenza in our own little ones are not addressed, relationship and child development expert Ali Gui says it can lead to an epidemic of dissatisfaction among our future movers and shakers - the same ones who are to shape our country when we, the parents hit out twilight years.
Couch and his wealthy parents should have been told that the cure for affluenza is a long poverty-stricken stretch in a prison where he would learn his money can't buy justice.
The consumptive nature of a beauty-identity has been famously depicted in the popular PBS documentary Affluenza.
As portrayed in the PBS documentary Affluenza, where people comfort themselves with material goods and ignore their deeper relationship issues, I was busying myself with accomplishment and avoidance, and embracing a looking glass self.
2008) The Selfish Capitalist: Origins of Affluenza, London, Vermilion.
His concern in these unflattering portraits is not just to critique affluenza, but to assert an alternative to ruling-class cosmology.