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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.”
—Frances McDormand, actor
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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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.
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.
The final part of the book provides a way to transform and heal our relationship with money. As Kate eloquently explains (p. 181):
"When we refuse to face the shadow and the darkness, we continually repeat our broken life patterns from the past. This brokenness blinds us to the opportunities, as well as dangers, in the present. Healing is not about forgetting the past--the past is a part of who we are. It brings deep-felt experience and wisdom to our lives. Healing helps us to contain and integrate the past."
She offers a six-step approach to this transformative healing process (pp. 172-178):
1. Identify your troublesome emotional reaction or behavior.
2. Discover what contributes to your feeling, behaving, and thinking the way you do.
3. Explore your emotions around your troublesome reaction or behavior.
4. Be open.
5. Create a support system.
6. Accept what has been and what is.
Serving as guide for understanding, exploring, and transforming our relationships with money, _Emotional Currency_ paves the way toward a richer life. It is certainly worth far more than its weight in gold.