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Rich with unexpected Dividends,
This review is from: Emotional Currency: A Woman's Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Money (Paperback)
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. Members of the group assembled on the Saturday when I took the workshop individually reflected at the end how each was leaving with a grounding in how to continue the process and the motivation to do so.
Kate Levinson's broad knowledge and deep experience is evident. Her professional acumen and personal compassion support the experience of both reader and participant. I highly recommend Emotional Currency--the book, the workshop, and most especially their creator, Dr. Kate Levinson.