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Product Details

  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: Holistic Wealth Press (February 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615402909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615402901
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,086,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Maggie Baker, Ph.D., has been a practicing clinical psychologist since 1978. Her experience and education in counseling individuals, couples, children, and families dealing with financial stress has given her special expertise in behavioral economics and the psychology of wealth. In addition to her therapy practice, Dr. Baker gives financial workshops designed to help people understand how their emotions influence their money habits. Recognized as an expert in personal finance and financial therapy, she has been quoted in a variety of national and local publications, including Money magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She has also given presentations on financial wellness, the psychology of money, and holistic wealth to Merrill Lynch, Women in Insurance and Financial Services, Women of Wit and Wisdom, and national and international psychology conferences. Maggie Baker is a member and past president of The Profits Investment Club, under the umbrella of the National Association of Individual Investors Corporation, a national organization committed to providing sound investment information, education, and support to lay investors. She lives near Philadelphia with her family. To contact Dr. Baker, visit maggiebakerphd.com

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Trained as a psychologist, I have worked for 30 years with families, couples, individuals and children to empower them to lead a joyful, meaningful life. I wrote Crazy About Money to further this end. Money is a huge stressor in many of our lives. Strong, contradictory emotions and half true beliefs can create persistent, self defeating money behavior. Crazy About Money provides both awareness and self-help tools so you can become a Money Master and do away with money worries and fears.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Little Swallow on June 6, 2011
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As a hedge fund analyst having worked in the stock market for 13 years, I wish I had read Crazy about Money when I first entered the financial field. It would have saved me from so many investment mistakes. Throughout my career I have read hundreds of textbooks, training materials, and financial education books on how to make money, all of which can be summarized into one sentence - buy low and sell high. Well, easier said than done! Statistics prove that most professional money managers fail to beat the market consistently. We fail not for lack of intellect or diligence, but for lack of understanding of our own emotions. Most of us investment professionals are trained on the "efficient market theory". We are taught to approach money from a rational point of view. But we are not cold, lifeless machines run on nothing but numbers. Rather, we are red-blooded human beings driven by fear and greed. As the dot-com bust and the subprime crisis have taught us, unless we get a tight grip on our own emotions, we are bound to repeat the same investment mistakes time and again.

Crazy about Money has provided me with a roadmap to attain full understanding of my own attitude and emotions towards money. The book first explains various types of "money personalities", and then demonstrates how our money mindset is shaped through each stage of our life - from childhood to teenager, to adulthood, and finally to retirement. What makes this book special is that Dr. Baker uses herself as an example to explain the psychology of money. At the end of each chapter, she courageously disclosed how her own upbringing has shaped her ideas towards money. She shared publicly the mistakes she had made, the pain she had suffered, the confusion she had experienced, and the lessons she had learned.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robin Queenan on March 31, 2011
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Reading Crazy about Money was like having a long leisurely conversation with a good friend about my money worries. The most important thing that I learned from reading this book is that all my negative emotions and anxiety about our financial security during retirement are ruining my pre-retirement years! Maggie Baker explains that emotions can become tangled with reality and cause this craziness about money. Until I read Crazy about Money I was doing simulations to predict whether my money would last until age 95 every weekend. The numbers looked fine but I didn't believe it. After reading this book I understand that the idea of living on a fixed-income in retirement is pushing my scarcity buttons. This book is very readable and the author shares many examples of her own pitfalls and successes with money management and the roots of her feelings about money. This is a refreshing money book because of the hope and optimism and confidence that the author conveys that she and her friends and family, and her readers will use their hard-earned money to create joy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By hardyfan on April 5, 2011
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Their money is for many people the most private subject around. Even inside a family, very often kids have no idea what their parents make and have. Crazy About Money lays out actual cases, with the details changed to protect privacy, about what people tell their therapist, Dr. Maggie Baker. We get to be the fly on the wall as they reveal their money successes and failures. Of course, the book also points out the lessons these cases provide, but the best part is just getting to see their secrets! Clearly, people do some crazy things with their cash. It's also fun to figure out which money type you are --and not a bad thing to know about yourself. It's not preachy, and if you want to feel good about yourself, at least you aren't doing some of the wacky things her clients have. It's readable and fun.
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AS AN AVID READER, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I HAVE WRITTEN A REVIEW. THIS BOOK OFFERS ESSENTIAL LIFE LESSONS ... As someone who has felt "crazy" about money, this book has helped me to think differently. This book was purchased in hopes it would be different then the many others read (well, partially read). Cannot help but read this book cover to cover. Each chapter is personal as well as practical. Maggie Baker grounded her research in example after example of real life situations. Her writing style and the format of the chapters makes this book understandable and relevant for people of all ages or financial status. Crazy about Money has lessons for children, teenagers, and adults. Thought provoking ways of thinking AND FEELING about money challenge even the most difficult patterns of dealing with financial matters. Each of my family members has found value in this book. We all have copies. We have never had such pertinent and honest family discussions about life circumstances and ways to rethink the decisions we make. This book gives a template to guide us. I have purchased several copies as gifts as well as strongly recommend this book to relatives, friends and clients. As a family therapist, I have used this book as a professional resource as well. There is a copy of this book in my office waiting room. Most importantly, I am actually USING this book to change my own behavior! Dr. Maggie Baker ... Thank you!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BookLover on March 24, 2011
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Money is so central to our lives, and this is the first book that I have read that talks about the emotions that drive our actions and attitudes about the green stuff! Dr. Maggie Baker has given such great insights to the different ways money affects us in our daily lives. This book reveals the impact 'money issues' can have on us as both children and during our adult lives. I had a hard time putting this book down. The many real life stories throughout the book helped me connect and understand what my notions of money are and how I was programmed by my parents as a child to feel the scarcity of money, no matter how much we did have. Maggie Baker has taken some very hard concepts and made it easy for the reader to understand. You do not need to be an MD or a PHD to read the book. She has boiled down clinical terminology into a series of stories and thoughts. The end of chapter exercises helped me write down my money story and they also have helped me decide how I want to relate to money in the future. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to family, friends and others!
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