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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hazelden; 1 edition (May 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592856993
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592856992
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sally Palaian, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of addictive behaviors. She has spoken about the treatment of financial disorders for various therapy associations and has served as an expert in the media on mental disorders and spending, most recently for MSN Money. Spent is her first book. She lives in Bringham Farms, Michigan.


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Sally K. Palaian, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in Michigan specializing in marriage counseling and the treatment of Trauma and Addictive Behaviors (Money, Food, Alcohol, Gambling, Relationships, and Sex). Dr. Palaian received her Specialist degree in Humanistic and Clinical Education and Psychology from the Center for Humanistic Studies and her Doctorate in Professional Psychology from the Union Institute. She is the author of Spent: Break the Buying Obsession and Discover Your True Worth (Hazelden, 2009). She presents nationally on topics, related to the psychology of money, and has served as an expert in the media on mental disorders and spending. For more information, visit www.sallypalaian.com.

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Best financial book I have ever read.
Spendthrift
It is written in a language that is easy to understand and the points in the book are presented in a way that makes it very convenient to follow the outline.
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This book will get you going in thinking on how it all got out of hand.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Shimmura on April 6, 2011
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This is the best book I've seen on the problems people have with the use of money. The author points out all the psychological issues associated with problem spending, overspending, or even of depriving yourself. You can learn more about yourself and why you spend the way you do as well as ways to solve the problems.
As is true with most problems, awareness is always the first step. So, if you think you don't have a problem and yet you don't know where your money goes or you spend to feel good or to achieve status, or deprive yourself of the pleasure of spending your own money, think again. It's not about judging yourself as bad but about empowering yourself to change your behavior, gain self knowledge and find meaning in your life. This is a welcome perspective on a pervasive problem.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Tanya L. Reynolds on February 17, 2010
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This book has been very helpful to understand what, when and why I spend like I do. It's a very objective tool to help you in personal growth. It's not boring or dry or completely out of sync with reality as some of the other "self help" financial books I've tried. I highly recommend it. This was money well "Spent!"
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Joe Bavonese, PhD on October 30, 2009
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Dr. Sally Palaian has written a much-needed book about people's personal relationship with money - and the timing couldn't be better. As thousands of people struggle with the consequences of the economic downturn of 2008, this book offers hope and guidance for getting clear about your money issues. There are useful exercises here for individuals and couples who struggle with compulsive spending; hiding purchases; inability to control debt and lack of planning for the future. I especially like the numerous clear examples and exercises that allow anyone to apply this information to their unique situation.

Joe Bavonese, PhD
Director
Relationship Institute
Royal Oak, Michigan
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Vincent on April 6, 2011
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I read this book and found answers and understanding for my money questions and worries. I've read many books on dealing with money problems and this one stands out. Dr. Palaian teaches the reader to analyze and understand their money styles and the styles of those they love. She accurately describes the challenges and heartbreak of dealing with a loved one's money troubles. Dr. Palaian gives concrete suggestions to help yourself. She includes a workbook that helps you keep moving through this difficult process. So many people in our society are struggling with their financial life. Money troubles cause shame, fear, confusion and interpersonal conflicts that sometime lead to domestic violence and divorce. This compassionate book will lead you through a healing journey to understanding yourself and moving towards a life of prosperity. I recommend this book highly. If you are having trouble managing money in your life I urge you to get this wise and kind book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 21, 2011
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This is a wonderful book detailing psychological issues involving money and how to deal with them. Out of all of the financial books that I have read, this has been the most insightful and helpful. I have stopped stressing so much over money. This is a great book and I highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LindaBway on May 25, 2013
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I could not put this book down. The author is very knowledgeable and has a well organized plan for getting out of debt.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jodi Rands on February 28, 2013
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I loved this book. It really helped me figure out my own spending problems. It took a while to work through the book, but it was deffinately worth it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spendthrift on January 6, 2012
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Best financial book I have ever read. I can't thank the author enough. If you have a spending problem this book is a must read!
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