Dear Dr. Archer,
I am a survivor of a family that had wealth, narcissism, sibling sexual abuse and severe mental illness in a parent. My sister, a Harvard graduate and a classic overachiever, and I are looking to write a piece of literature that will reach out and create awareness, (but perhaps not for the completely absorbed victims), for the typical social characteristics that go on in high net-worth dysfunctional families.
I was hoping to get in touch with a psychiatrist or psychologist schooled in both family and narcissistic behavior. The story is extremely interesting, involving the evolution of an extended family as it built wealth since 1924.
A very compelling element to the story is how in the face of awful behavior, even well educated people will not be able to see clearly through the authority's reality that has been created. They let bad things happen to good people for fear they will be the next victim and be excluded from the family and the money.
I'm not sure if this is something up your alley, but any referral would be greatly appreciated.
Your story sounds very interesting, and I'm sure once published, would reach a multitude of individuals interested in your own experiences. They say the rich are different and in my opinion that is true. I also find a different type of dysfunction in wealthy families and money is the primary cause.
Unfortunately I won’t be able to take part as I am just too busy with my own book and keeping up with this website and my practice. I do not know offhand who would be able to help you in this endeavor.
However, I am including the website to NAMI
, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. There you can key in your state to obtain your local chapter's contact information. They can lead you in the right direction.
Also, you can contact the closest medical school. There, you will find professors, practicing psychiatrist, and students who may be able to help.
I wish you and your sister much luck, Dan. I hope you enjoy working on your book as much as I did working on mine. Keep us updated.