Originally Posted by Shiranui
Often the expectations on them are severe, and they don't have any real control as to the direction of their life without being disowned in some fashion (not just financially, but from their parent's favor or the family structure as a whole).
A common example of this is, from birth, they've been expected to work for the family company and groomed for advancement. Being placed in a position based on birth creates resentment, and often they are pariahs among their own colleagues, and forced into a definitive career path whether or not it suits them. Many crack under the pressure, which, in combination with a generally absentee upbringing with a lot of financial freedom, leads to a chaotic family dynamic with heavy disappoint/guilt/certain children being viewed as total failures, etc.
When an individual spends their entire life building a fortune, their work is their real family, and their progeny generally exist only to continue their own egotistic legacy in their minds (nothing is ever their fault as a parent - you were brought up in luxury, how dare I be considered to have made any mistakes or sacrifices in raising you). There's often a high degree of selfishness on all sides.
This is the best post I have read on this thread and is spot on.
Kev,Money is a just a compenent of people's lives. If these rich kids come from messed up families they are going to have big issues regardless of how fortunate you may think they are.
Very often there is expectation put on them by their families where they have standards that they can't live up to. The money is given with one hand but there is a guilt trip attached to it. The conditioning process of the high expectation levels would be layed on and started as a child and would most likely be felt as a constant pressure.
The softness of the upbringing can arest personal development because there is no need to make something of yourself. Think of a Lion in captivity compared to a wild one. The same things happens with humans.
You mention Private Schools in the UK that means you are most likely a boarder and sent away for long stretches from your family to live with other kids. Very often this can lead to a feeling of rejection and boarding schools can be harsh places run by bells and whistles and can feel like half school half prison. They say going to a boarding school is the best mental preparation you can have for spending time in a prison.