I am a therapist for the wealthy. Believe me when I say that Glass Onion is not as elusive as you think | Clay Cockerell

aA treat for “very high net worth individuals,” for me, the new Netflix sensation, Glass Onion, A Knives Out Mystery, hits a little too close to home. While the average person finds it difficult to muster any sympathy for billionaires, the 2019 murder mystery sequel Knives Out makes it perfectly clear why I would never choose to enter the complex world of my clients. Believe me when I say you will never see me buying a lottery ticket.

Director Rian Johnson sets his sequel on a lavish private Greek island owned by billionaire Miles Bron (Edward Norton). Miles’ best friends gather for a game of murder mystery over the course of a magical weekend – along with the world’s greatest detective, Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig). While this may seem like a far-fetched story, it’s not entirely outlandish.

One of the problems I hear when listening to the super rich is the growing need to expand and elaborate on social events. Why throw a regular birthday party when you can hire the Rolling Stones to play a concert for your friends? Why organize a small Christmas gathering with your family when you can have Michael Bublé sit at the piano and sing his holiday songs during cocktail hour? After a while, it’s never enough. The bigger they go, the less satisfied they are. Imagine having it all, and not being able to enjoy it.

The film also subtly explores the greatest heartbreak that comes with wealth: the rich don’t trust anyone. Ever. And every time they try — and believe me, they try — it often burns them. All of their relationships are tainted by the power dynamic created by their fortunes. In Glass Onion, while Miles presents with confidence and swagger, he knows that his weekend guests, his oldest and dearest friends from his pre-fortune days, only exist because of the power he has over them. He invests in their ventures, pulls them out of scrapes, takes on their debts — each one has a tie that ties. These relationships are not based on true love or open honesty, but a toxic dynamic that festers into paranoia.

“These relationships are not based on true love or open honesty, but a toxic dynamic that festers into paranoia.” Photo: John Wilson/AP

I’ve seen some of my wealthy clients innocently and generously help an old high school friend going through financial trouble, or perhaps offer to send their kids to college, only to suddenly realize that the relationship has a whiff of business about it. They begin to notice that their old friend seems indecisive around them, perhaps too eager to please them. The power dynamic has changed, and now there is a sense of obligation and debt.

This has happened even within families. One of my famous clients was invited to dinner by her sister, only to arrive and realize it was actually an evening planned with some producer who wanted to offer a TV deal and product endorsement. Every interaction seems to come with a question.

If this is the very enriching experience of their friends and family members, can you imagine what it would be like when new people come into their lives? With every new friend comes a set of doubts. What do they want? Are they interested in me, my money and/or my fame? It’s a fine line between paranoia and educated suspicion.

Wary of new friends and burned by their old friends, many of my clients become very withdrawn, or only socialize in a bubble of other billionaires. While most of us don’t feel sorry for the rich, it’s actually not all helicopters, yachts, and private islands. It’s a complex world with its own rules and pitfalls, and many people don’t survive it.

Through the Glass Onion, it becomes increasingly clear that the rich are often burned, and that wealth corrupts people because it robs us of life’s true treasure: friendship. After the credits roll, you’ll probably be left unwilling to buy a lottery ticket either; Instead, you want to bring your friends a little closer.

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