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Emotional Currency: A Woman's Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Money [Kindle Edition]

Kate Phd Levinson
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Book Description

Every day, women face new challenges that come with having control over, and responsibility for, their financial lives. Sometimes exciting, sometimes frightening, these issues always have an emotional side. Author and psychotherapist Dr. Kate Levinson offers fresh approaches to navigating the astonishing range of beliefs about the role of money in our lives, coming to terms with our feelings about being “rich” or “poor,” and exploring our inner money life so that we can put our feelings to work for us in a positive way. By understanding our intimate history and relationship with money we are better able to handle our money anxieties, solve our money problems, enjoy the money we have, and make room for other, more meaningful values.

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Editorial Reviews


“Here’s the book every woman (and most men) need: a clear, thoughtful, and beautifully written guide for how to cope with the myriad emotions caused by money. Kate Levinson shows how money is both mercilessly public and intimately personal, stirring up our deepest feelings about independence, status, attractiveness, and the terrifying confusion between net worth and self worth.
Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor, author of Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley 
“This is not just the best book about women and money that I have ever read, it is the best book about money—beautifully written, wise, accessible, practical, and profoundly healing. I wish Kate had been my mother. Or my big sister. It would have changed my whole life. Don’t make another decision about money until you’ve read it. Then read it again.”     
Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, author of Kitchen Table Wisdom
“Kate Levinson’s book shows how money permeates every nook and cranny of our inner mental and emotional world. Although written especially for women, it offers a warm, guiding hand to anyone seeking a healthy relationship to money and everything money touches.” 
Jacob Needleman, author of Money and the Meaning of Life 
“Finally! A beautifully written, straightforward guide for women to better understand the opportunities, choices, and challenges of money. Reading Emotional Currency evoked many of my own emotional memories about money.”
Frances McDormand, actor   

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About the Author

A psychotherapist for more than 25 years, DR. KATE LEVINSON has led Emotional Currency™ workshops about women’s emotional relationship to money in Oakland, Seattle, and Minneapolis since 2000. Dr. Levinson currently works with individuals and couples in her private practice in Oakland and is on the supervising and teaching faculty at the Psychotherapy Institute. Dr. Levinson and her husband own Point Reyes Books in Pt. Reyes Station, CA.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1108 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B0056OAYL0
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts (April 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FEG2VS
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Emotional Currency is one of those books that makes you think; I wish I had this book years ago. A book I certainly needed when as a young adult I got a hold of that first credit card. Levinson explains how for centuries our society shut out the female from building any kind of relationship with money. Causing woman to be left in the dark when it came to their household finances. Levinson teaches us how the woman's view it so much differently than a mans when it comes to money and why. Explaining how money is viewed in our society in general and by other cultures is a real eye opener. Her examples on how women attach emotion and how easy it is for us to do so, make sense. She teaches the reader to be aware of how we as women are more prone to take our first experiences with money and use that as a template in our future relationships with money. Carrying this unnecessary baggage can be very destructive, especially if our parents had struggles with money either in their relationships with others or in their own marriage.

How do you feel when you think of money? Whether you fear money or are confident with it. Levinson has lessons for you. Some women hold shame or pride when it comes to their money. Others only know anger and hurt. What relationship do you have with money? Levinson has studied these issues for many years. I found very helpful the exercises and questions throughout Emotional Currency's chapters that help you pinpoint those areas you need help with the most. Her book also contains real life stories from women who she has worked with in her workshops and in her psychotherapy practice. I found emotional Currency very refreshing, certainly interesting and most importantly life changing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Towards a richer life September 30, 2011
By Deb
Just as Geneen Roth has shown how our relationships with food serve as a microcosm and mirror for our relationships with self and others, Kate Levinson shares similar findings for women's relationships with money. The way we are with money reflects the way we are with life. Based on this powerful realization, Kate's _Emotional Currency_ offers a guide for achieving a richer life by creating a healthy relationship with money.

Far exceeding a a simple way for currency exchange, money seeps into every aspect of our lives. In the first part of the book, Kate identifies the complex roles that money plays in everyday life (pp. 31-38):
* Money carries our anxiety about survival
* Money is an agent of transformation
* Money is constantly in motion
* Money is a measure of value
* Money is both rational and emotional
* Money has everything to do with relationships
* Money shows our need for one another
* Money connects us to one another
* Money can distance us from others
* Money can be a motivator
* Money can affect our sense of place in the world
* Our personal monetary exchanges contain messages about who we are, how we see ourselves, and how others see us
* Our personal monetary exchanges affect the quality of our lives and of our communities are our planet

The book then guides the reader through a personal exploration of the the five psychological issues that often intertwine with money (self worth, abundance and deprivation, protection, needs for autonomy and dependency, and envy) and the influences of family, race, culture, and gender. The second part of the book explores the key emotions underlying women's relationships with money: fear and confidence, shame and pride, and love.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich with unexpected Dividends September 1, 2011
Psychologist and author, Kate Levinson, makes a distinction between economic currency and emotional currency--astutely observing that feelings are always intertwined with earning, saving, spending, investing, accounting, and all the other behaviors associated with money; a dynamic that confuses our perceptions about money as well as muddies our intentions. She engages the reader in an intimate exploration of such feelings with probing questions, relevant case studies, and her own personal experiences. The exercises she includes help bring money feelings, memories, and beliefs to the forefront, allowing the reader to identify unconscious needs and unexplored fantasies. Dr. Levinson follows with guidance for integrating what is useful and with strategies for minimizing the power of those influences from the past that are destructive in the present and to the future. The riches of discovery available to the reader are not limited, however, to the potential reduction of money related stress, as valuable as such relief is, but also include treasures of enlivenment, empowerment, and expansiveness that come from neutralizing previously unconscious negativism and pain.

The workshops facilitated by the author create the conditions of comfort and confidence to experience both the pain and profit of investing in the process of exploring the invasive nature of our individual `emotional currency'. Although time constraints only allow a few exercises, these are undertaken at some depth and are enriched by respectful sharing within the assembled group. Each individual's `ah ha' moments are reinforced, magnified, and elaborated in connection with others.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS BOOK!
This is an intense book! I reccommend it to anyone who is or has struggled with her relationship with monry. Lots of hard questions to face and answer, but sooo worth it!!
Published 4 months ago by Robin in Oklahoma
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 months ago by storm
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book to explore deeply-held beliefs about money & self-worth
I found this book very moving, deep and potentially transformative. The author is a psychotherapist with years of experience counseling women. Read more
Published 15 months ago by PeaceDurga
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful insights into our emotional involvement with money.
My adult daughter and I have very different approaches to money and we really don't understand each other on this one issue. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Money issues
A must for anyone who is living paycheck to paycheck or is overwhelmed by credit card debt and keep repeating the same behavior
Published 23 months ago by Brave heart
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't go far enough
I was disappointed by this book because I was expecting more depth particularly as it relates to taking practical action to resolve the things you discover about yourself as you... Read more
Published on October 14, 2012 by Anita Diane Moore
2.0 out of 5 stars Really disappointed
I wanted to like this book, I really did, as I truly believe the basic premise - that our financial habits and the way we view money stems from our emotional relationship with... Read more
Published on November 3, 2011 by InesJ
5.0 out of 5 stars accessible and astute
Emotional Currency is an accessible and astute observation of our emotional relationship to money. Dr. Read more
Published on September 25, 2011 by Jane M. Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Very insightful
Kate has been able to clearly articulate and capture the essence of a hugely complex and important topic. Read more
Published on August 30, 2011 by Barbara G. Lambert, PhD
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More About the Author

Kate Levinson is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Ph. D. in Clinical Psychology. In addition to her private practice in Oakland, California, she leads Emotional Currency ™ Workshops on the psychological and emotional aspects of money. Her website is She has presented in numerous settings on money and psychology and is on the faculty at the Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley. Her dissertation was entitled, "Work Attitudes of Women with Inherited Wealth." She is the owner, along with her husband, of Point Reyes Books, an independent bookstore.

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