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The Psychology of Wealth: Understand Your Relationship with Money and Achieve Prosperity Hardcover – January 17, 2012

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Charles Richards, Ph.D., is a Doctor of Clinical Psychology, author, and licensed psychotherapist in private practice. He has trained and coached the senior executives of many Fortune 100 corporations, including General Motors, IBM, Apple, Motorola, SAP, Qualcomm, Whirlpool, Honda, and Sony.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (January 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071789294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071789295
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I accepted an advanced copy of this book to help me understand why so many people are terrible with their money.

The Psychology of Wealth by psychotherapist Charles Richards attempts to explain how, through consciously understanding our relationship with money, we can become prosperous. This book is written from a psychologist's point of view and puts change in ones behavior squarely on the individual.

Richards defines the psychology of wealth as a sense of comfort and control in ones relationship with money. How individuals spend/borrow money is a complex issue and is a result of many factors...this book illustrates how to become conscious of your spending/borrowing habits and to act accordingly.

It was the 2008 economic crises that got the author thinking about money...he interviewed many successful people in different careers to help him understand what common qualities prosperous people possess. People who possess the "Psychology of Wealth" have the following attributes:
Self esteem
Responsibility
Determination
Achievement

Furthermore, Richards blames "unconscious spending" and behaving inconsistently for getting so many people in trouble financially.

The answer, according to Richards, is that healthy people deal with money consciously. They take responsibility for their spending. (This means that back a decade or so ago, when almost anyone could get a mortgage, the responsible person would say "no" if they couldn't afford it.)

Responsible people, in short, are adults taking charge of their lives. They educate themselves and understand what they can or cannot afford.

Pretty simple stuff...but it all makes sense.
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Format: Hardcover
I read a review copy of Psychology of Wealth, with he request to review honestly. The book's title holds a promise to talk about the psychology of wealth and the author is a psychotherapist with a PhD. Therefore, I anticipated a framework based on psychology.

If you define "psychology" loosely, the book delivers. It's an easy read, more like a Readers Digest collection than a book about psychology. The cover promises, "Understand your relationship with money and achieve prosperity."

The book consists of a series of stories about real people who achieved if not wealth, then a trip out of poverty. The stories are loosely tied to principles that are somewhat New-Age-y, such as the importance of service in wealth creation. "Self-esteem" has become a controversial concept, yet the author simply introduces the idea.

On the plus side, a series of success stories can be inspirational and certainly fun to read. On the other hand, it's hard to draw lessons or achieve greater understanding. We know we are given a condensed, upbeat version, so it's hard to view them as case studies. Moreover, it's easy to pick the stories apart. Did these people have some qualities that brought them success or were they just lucky? Without a more scientific approach, we won't know.

To take just one example; on page 163, Richards tells the story of "Deidra," a teacher who was down to her last five dollars before her next paycheck. (Was her check due the next day? In two weeks? We aren't told.) Deidra gave her last five dollars to a raffle for a charity. She won the raffle, getting something she'd always wanted: a ride in a hot air balloon.
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Format: Hardcover
This is best money management book as I have ever read until now.I finished it cover to cover without breathing today.There are lots of good stories in it.If anyone wants to know how we came to the these days he/she must read it.There are lots of advices in it. Highly recommended book.
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For those of us who still think wealth is mostly about money and possessions, Charles Richards offers a very different perspective. Many of the ideas I've heard elsewhere, such as:

1. how life doesn't always get better once you attain a certain income level (often it gets worse)
2. how having self esteem will make you feel rich
3. why passion for your work is critical in achieving true wealth
4. we don't choose what happens to us in life, but we do choose how we choose to respond
5. trusting that we will have enough, no matter what
6. why giving to others makes us feel wealthy
7. having a 'conscious' approach to managing your finances and debt
8. being thankful for what you already have

Even though many of us will recognize these tips, this book provides a useful reminder that there's a lot more to wealth than how much you can earn or can afford to buy.
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By Roland Diehl on January 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
What sounds at the outset to be a scholarly treatise on the dynamics behind of wealth and it's relation to self-esteem unfortunately turns out to be corporate "speaker-for-hire" cheerleading session. Although it is true that success and failure are modulated by personal factors, attitudes and self esteem, placing the entire blame on the individual without context to social and political climate is facile and leaves a lot out of the equation. Now a days, We put an irrational demand on conspicuous consumption and status as a means to an end. Stating that the individual should know better on how they spend their money, whether it is buying a house they cannot afford, or having to look live a Kardashian life style, misses an important point; Modern consumerism and credit availability make it too easy promise a false sense of self-esteem in the process. As long as we are being blasted with ads from all directions that create an unnecessary sense of envy, we cannot be truly conscious of our spending. Blaming the individual solely for lack of economic success is a dangerous path to go down both politically and culturally. Quoting people like Thoreau out of context is laughable. Most psychologists would agree that personal happiness more complex that what Dr Richards proposes.
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