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Emotional Currency: A Woman's Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Money Paperback – April 12, 2011

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“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.”
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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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts; 1St Edition edition (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158761068X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587610684
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Deb on September 30, 2011
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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 By CECILE LYONS on September 1, 2011
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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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