Receiving a (generally large) amount of property, wealth, money, etc, from a deceased relative or close one, after
being "mentioned" in their "will". In extreme
large inheritances, typical results include marriage break-up
(spouse hates partner for being so rich), personality collapse (what the heck do I do now I don't have to work for a living??), idleness, egomania, etc. Many heirs or heiresses experience guilt and self-loathing
in proportion to the size of the inheritance received. Inheritance planning is supposed to alleviate this
by only giving
heirs money if they achieve in life, a gameplan that rarely works. Heirs within families usually fight over minor differences in sizes of inheritances recieved. There is a strong
tendancy for young people in particular to be very
adversely affected by large inheritances, contrary to the misconceptions
of a wonderful life generated
by popular envy
feelings, these people are usually isolated, guilt-ridden and unsatisfied.
Sarah received her inheritance at 21, and after that, despite her yacht, mansion
and trustfund, felt purposeless and ashamed.