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The Emotion Behind Money: Building Wealth from the Inside Out [Hardcover]

by Julie Murphy Casserly
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July 15, 2008 0980113385 978-0980113389 1st
This book is based upon an insight that's literally turning the financial services industry upside down. It's the notion that we each have specific emotions, or emotional patterns, attached to money that were imprinted on us before we even had a choice to have a checking account. Whether you personally recognize this or not, today those emotions impact every financial decision you face. They are responsible for how you make money and how you keep it, or whether, as is often the case, it seems to go out the door faster than it comes in. Amazingly, those feelings are not just fleeting reactions; they actually influence how much money you'll make and amass throughout your entire life! The purpose of this book is to help you recognize your emotions behind money, and likewise help you discover healthier ways to respond to those feelings. Through everyday language, lively anecdotes, and engaging exercises it will: - Help you see your life and your money through a different lens; - Empower you to align your financial destiny by living from the inside out; - Teach you how to discover and define what you truly desire to live abundantly.

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Editorial Reviews


Julie is one of those rare financial professionals who understand people and human emotion, as well as facts and figures. Successful wealth management requires a clear understanding of what motivates us in our financial decision making. Julie has created a powerful road map to help you find your way in an increasingly complex global financial marketplace. This is a perfect complement for everyone's investment bookshelf. --Brian O'Toole, CEO & Founder of Genworth Financial Wealth Management, Inc.

Wonderfully engaging, informative, and down-to-earth, the author communicates a flawless understanding of the psychology of feelings attached to one's finances. Encouraging and nonjudgmental, she offers a transformational perspective on our personal relationship to money. The invaluable exercises help the reader develop an individual plan for living a truly rich and fulfilling life. The book is a must-have on every therapist's or consultant's client book referral list. --Mary Ann Daly, M.A., LCPC

About the Author

Julie Murphy Casserly, is a 16-year veteran of the financial services industry and author of the book, The Emotion Behind Money: Building Wealth from the Inside Out. Julies mission is to financially heal the world by helping people understand their emotions behind money, and how these attitudes affect how they earn, spend and save or, conversely, accumulate debt. It is Julies practice to delve into the emotion and psychology behind her clients monetary issues, spending patterns and behavior. Only by digging deep and really understanding her clients does she feel she can lead them on the right path. A Chicago-based entrepreneur, Julie founded JMC Wealth Management, Inc. in 2000. She works with more than 2,500 clients worldwide on all aspects of their financial portfolios including investment asset allocation and risk management, insurance needs, retirement planning, business planning, college planning and estate planning. Julie considers understanding each client's personal life strategy, goals, and dreams to be the key that enables her to create truly personalized financial plans. Julie is a graduate of the University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign School of Business where she earned a Bachelor of Science in finance. She earned an MBA from The University of Notre Dame in 2005. Julie is a sought after media expert on finance and emotions behind money. She has appeared on CNBC s On The Money, Oprah & Friends Radio and Lifetime Television. She has been featured in the The Chicago Tribune, Forbes and The Wall Street Journal.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Beyond Your Wildest Dreams, LLC; 1st edition (July 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980113385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980113389
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Julie Murphy Casserly CLU, ChFC, CFP® is an independent certified financial planner ® and the author of The Emotion Behind Money: Building Wealth From The Inside Out. A 17-year veteran of the financial services industry with her own wealth management firm in Chicago, Illinois, Julie's mission is to financially heal the world.

Julie is different from other authors and financial planners because she's the bridge between the left-brained financial side and the right-brained emotional side. People refer to her as a financial healer.

Julie helps people remove the blame, shame and judgment they have around their finances. People know they have done things wrong financially and they want solutions. Julie brings them the solutions they need and leads them to transformational change in The Emotion Behind Money: Building Wealth From the Inside Out.

Julie has made this her life's work because she's been there too. The second oldest of 12 children, Julie grew up in a household where scarcity was the norm. Her first job was at age six delivering The Penny Saver to help support the family. As Julie grew up, she started re-creating the same cycle of scarcity and struggle in her own life until she realized she could not and did not want to live her life that way. She analyzed her own spending habits, created a financial and life plan and started living a life of abundance.

Today Julie is happily married with two children, the owner of a successful business with over 2500 clients and fulfilling her life's purpose. Julie is a sought -after media expert on financial issues, especially regarding the emotional connection to money. She's appeared on CNBC-TV, Lifetime TV, Oprah & Friends Radio, The Wall Street Journal,, The Chicago Tribune, Associated Press and more. Visit to join the conversation about emotions and money.

Customer Reviews

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
There are lots of money books out there. I personally have probably read them all. They tell you how to make money, invest money, and even how to spend your money (buy real estate, buy gold coins, etc.). Even with all this great advice, my relationship to money was dysfunctional at best. The money came in fast, went out faster, and certainly did not make me feel capable of pursuing my dreams with confidence - as a good, stable relationship should make you feel!

Wearily, I picked up The Emotion Behind Money, not really expecting to find what I was after --the secret to getting better at "the money part" of life. And yet, that is exactly what I did find! At the end, I joyfully closed the book, took a deep breath, and started reading it all over again. But this time around I did all the exercises in pen, not just in my head. I could write in this book, because no one else is getting my's a keeper!

Julie Murphy Casserly delivers on her promise, and how! She tells it like it is, sparing nobody, especially herself. The invisible is made visible. At the end of the book, you will know where the weakest links are in your money chain, why they are there, and best of all, how to change the way you feel about and relate to money, so that money will stick around and not "desert" you. I also loved the self-quizzes and revealing interactive exercises. When I starting doing them, I was numb to what I really wanted my money to help me do, and now I know--as I said, the invisible made visible. If you do these exercises, I think you too will rediscover your dreams, and how to set up a financial support system so that you can afford to do what you love, and not "someday" but sooner rather than later.

Throw out the other money books. This is the only one you'll need.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book points the way to Common Cents! August 22, 2008
One of the best books I've ever read about establishing a budget and financial planning is Julie Murphy Casserly's "The Emotion Behind Money: Building Wealth From The Inside Out." If you feel overwhelmed at the idea of creating a personal budgeting plan, this book offers a foolproof way to create, organize, and maintain a personal budget. It's a step-by-step guide to getting yourself on track financially, and staying there for the rest of your life. Unlike other money books on the market, Julie Murphy Casserly's non-traditional, self-help financial book integrates a holistic approach to financial freedom. In it she simplifies the budgeting process, making it easy for you to create a solid, realistic plan - a roadmap to discovering and maintaining a life of abundance and inner happiness.

Laurie Buchanan, PhD, HHP, CHT, RMT
HolEssence - Certified Holistic Therapies
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! Wish I was 20 again:) October 13, 2008
I absolutely could not put this book down! Who would have thought of getting so engrossed in reading a financial advisor's advice on money and emotions? ME!! It blew me away to think in such a logical way that it has changed me completely in my life now and the future. I wish I had this in my 20's, but it also is never too late! Julie Murphy-Casserly is a very down-to-earth kind of woman and that's why I purchased this in the first place. I hate budgets as much as I hate diets, and this was not at all like I thought. I learned an enormous amount from her and I did go through all of the exercises in the book (usually I skip that part:). I have changed my whole attitude in not only money and spending, but in re-grouping my whole future. She is just awesome and I cannot say enough about her. Please do not think you are too old for this; NOT TRUE AT ALL! Hope it helps as many people as it has helped me. Love this author....Susie-Q
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Confronting but Comforting!! July 7, 2008
I have never really been into self help books, especially related to my Finances. My emotions behind money were always Panic and Guilt and I could never understand why a person with 3-4 jobs and no children could be so much in debt. I am only 26 years old but with each passing year I feel like I am running out of time. I am a creative mind with musical talent but I always thought that those dreams were out of reach and irresponsible. This book has given me a renewed sense of purpose in my gifts and the courage to confront my inner demons. I realize now that I have been the BIGGEST "Crab in my bucket" and not even realized it. I would recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with following their passion or taking the "safe" road. Julie's book helps you reveal emotions that many of us have suppressed or not realized but in the same breath, she reminds you that everyone has a choice in their actions. You can choose to perpetuate the cycle or you can recognize what is dragging you down and have the courage to make the change!!
Check out her website!! [...]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is what the World needs right now!!! October 15, 2008
By Kat L.
This book provided me with insights that explained what I had always thought of as my irrational relationship with money. In so many cases I see my relationship with money explained through the real world examples Casserly provides. It's an enlightening and exciting journey through processing emotions to create the life that you really want. I highly recommend this read and have gifted it to many friends and family!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opening July 11, 2011
By Anne
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This book teaches you about your relationship with money. I read it once and then quickly went back and read it again doing all of the exercises, They are very enlightening. Looking at my relationship with money through a holistic approach gave me an understanding that has changed the way I approach my finances. I feel optimistic about my future finances which is a far cry from my past experience.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not much to gain from reading this
The author (Julie Murphy Casserly) seems like a really nice person but I'm not into her beliefs about chakra or zones of energy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ohio Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must-have item!!!
This is an excellent book that will teach you how to make friends with money so that you can have more of it all the time. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great information and easy read
this is a very valuable book for those who want to unpack what they think about money. i got the kindle version and made notes using the kindle app when she asked questions. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Andrew W. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone struggling with their finances
So many finance books are one size fits all and they tell you what to do. Julie's book is highly individualistic and tells you how to CHANGE. Read more
Published on September 28, 2011 by Sharon Rossmaessler
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must read for women
Julie hits it out of the ball park. This book actually makes finances interesting and understandable. It's high time a book about emotions and money was written. Read more
Published on October 18, 2010 by Meredith Liepelt
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book
"If I had money, I would be happier..."
"Successful people is lucky..."
"I did not create this debt, it someone's fault..."

It is easy to blame outcome. Read more
Published on May 12, 2010 by Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to help you take an introspective look at your finances
This book REALLY connects the reality of finances with the uncertainty of the emotions we all have that drive us in our financial decisions. Read more
Published on November 1, 2009 by Valerie K. Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun and Fabulous Read
The Emotion Behind Money is straightforward, thought provoking and truly inspirational. Julie Murphy Casserly masterfully captures an insightful approach to self examination and... Read more
Published on May 14, 2009 by Mindy Berkson
5.0 out of 5 stars Hits the nail on the head.
This book is a great starting point for anyone looking to rethink their financial future. No matter where you are starting out, Casserly's book addresses the emotional baggage that... Read more
Published on May 12, 2009 by L Keenan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Emotional Plan
This book, "The Emotion Behind Money" by Julie Murphy Casserly is fabulous. I bought it at a conference in Dallas and started reading it on the plane on the way home. Read more
Published on October 21, 2008 by Simply Nell
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