Ep. 109 “All the Money in the World” | The Psychology of Rich People

Kevin Spacey is J. Paul Getty in TriStar Pictures' ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD.

“All the Money in the World,” is Ridley Scott’s true-life kidnap drama revolving around the incredibly wealthy US oil tycoon, John Paul Getty, who is caught negotiating with criminals after his grandson is kidnapped. The film caused a lot of buzz with the sudden re-casting of John Paul Getty, formerly played by Kevin Spacey. After director Scott heard of the sexual assault accusations made against Spacey, Christopher Plummer was brought in to replace him in a rapid-fire re-shoot.

Despite this change up, today’s episode of the Shrink Tank Podcast includes our panel of Shrinks discussing the psychological elements found within the new film, “All the Money in the World.”

From trauma to trust issues, our panel of Shrinks dive into these themes and how they impact the characters of the movie.

“I can easily see how excessive wealth could turn somebody into a recluse. It could be a very lonely existence when you have second guess someone’s motives even for something as simple as friendship.”

–Jonathan Hetterly

In our Being Human segment, we discuss popular YouTuber Logan Paul, who posted a video displaying graphic images of a suicide. This video undoubtedly brought an onslaught of online uproar, inspiring our discussion on standard protocol of online influencers. While YouTube stardom is becoming more common, the online platform has no guarantee of guiding its users with appropriate content curation practice commonly found in the entertainment industry.

Today’s hot topic of “All the Money in the World” talks about the psychological themes of kidnap-induced trauma found within the film, as well as the psychology of wealthy people.

Join our Shrink Tank podcast contributors Emma Kate Wright, Frank Gaskill and Jonathan Hetterly as they discuss this week’s trending topic.


Need a longer session with the Shrinks? Check out our last episode here.



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