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Social Psychology and Society

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2221-1527

ISSN (online): 2311-7052


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Money as a source of psychological problems of wealthy people 507

Filinkova E.B.
PhD in Psychology, Professor in Department of Social Psychology, Moscow Regional State University, Moscow, Russia

The article is devoted to the study of money as a factor affecting personality and interpersonal relations. According to the results of in-depth interviews with 16 very rich people it was demonstrated the personal influence of big money is associated with changes in the understanding of the world and oneself in this world, with the dynamics of value orientations. The money influence on marital relations is multidirectional and depends on the system of value orientations stability and the position of family, labor and money values in it for the spouses. Money has the greatest influence on the relationship of a rich person with friends. This influence is mainly destructive, the dominant reason for the destruction of the old or the emergence of new friendships is distrust. Distrust leads to a lack of emotional communication and makes rich people to maintain even become superficial friendships, on one hand, and strengthens the emotional connection with the spouse, which is to some extent compensation for the lack of friendly interaction, on the other hand.

Keywords: money, wealth, family, friends, trust

Column: Empirical Research


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