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Mind over Money: Overcoming the Money Disorders That Threaten Our Financial Health Hardcover – December 29, 2009

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The father and son Klontz duo (coauthors of Wired for Wealth) combine psychology, self-help, financial know-how and practical advice in this study of how money affects us emotionally and psychologically. The authors start with “flashpoints,” seminal incidents that build “money scripts,” the beliefs that “shape the way we think about and interact with money as adults.” Revealing exercises prompt readers to identify their personal money scripts and patterned behaviors—often provoking the discovery of money “disorders,” and a host of powerful memories and early experiences responsible for extravagance or financial irresponsibility. The process is complex but important; the authors reveal how powerfully emotions and childhood experiences influence our financial health and attitudes toward money. A companion Web site offers a “Financial Health Scale,” which provides tangible support for readers looking to get on track and begin implementing the book's lessons. (Dec.)
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"Mind Over Money is a lifeline for anyone who thinks of money as a way to secure happiness, love, or define their self-worth.  I know because I was driven by these unhealthy behaviors that almost put my family and me in financial crisis.  The process this book walks you through worked for me-- I now control my money-- my money no longer controls me.  My hope is that after reading the book, you'll be on your new path to financial healing too."
-Wynonna Judd
"The Klontzes, a father son team, have the mental answer to money.  This book will help you overcome your own "wrong thinking" and get moving fast in the right direction to the financial destiny and freedom that you deserve." 
 -David Bach, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Automatic Millionaire and Start Late, Finish Rich
"An insightful and highly understandable glimpse into why intimate discussions surrounding money are so difficult for so many people.  Our past definitely influences the present and our future – far more than many might realize." 
-Pat DeLeon, former President, American Psychological Association
"Mind Over Money is a valuable resource for individuals wanting to break free from a troubled financial past and create a healthy current relationship with money that can create future financial success. It is Must reading on everyone's Now list." 
-Philip Zimbardo, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Stanford University, author of the Lucifer Effect and The Time Paradox 
"Brad and Ted Klontz know the power of the dollar in our lives, and they've long studied the emotions behind our financial decisions. Through their research and this compelling book, they can change lives."
-Jeffrey Zaslow, coauthor of The Last Lecture, author of The Girls from Ames

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business; 1 edition (December 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038553101X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385531016
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dan Danford on January 9, 2012
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There is strong anecdotal evidence that financial success is linked more to behavior than income. We see this all the time in our office; people with high income and low net worth, or, alternatively, people with low income and high net worth. What accounts for those differences? Is it the money or is it the mind?

Drs. Ted and Brad Klontz - father and son psychologists - recently authored Mind Over Money. It's a breakthrough of sorts, and it offers both clinical and personal insights. The book features considerable research and a detailed bibliography.

Their premise is simple. Financial issues are clouded by psychology. Money evokes emotions such as stress, fantasy, irrationality, and fear (among others). Powerful feelings, all, and they can distort the best possible financial intentions. Why is it, they ask, that we know the right things but do the wrong things?

In fact, Drs. Klontz identify twelve common disorders by name and recount both observations and explanations. To add some gravity to this discussion, they note that American Psychological Association surveys show Americans rate money as life's number one stressor - higher than work, health, or children. Some research suggests that money disorders may be more prevalent than anxiety or depression.

I'll not list all the disorders here, but most will seem familiar. Hoarding, dependency, enabling, denial, rejection, and - of course - the spending disorders are witnessed frequently. They fall into three broad categories - Money-Worshipping, Money-Avoidance, and Relational disorders.

Symptoms are easy to spot. Constant financial anxiety or despair. A lack of family savings or excessive debt. Multiple bankruptcies or defaults on loans. Financial conflicts with family or friends.
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When you deal with depression, many other issues come into play. For me a major one is money. I have to watch myself (and sometimes so do others) for financial infidelity. Or in layman's terms "feelgood" spending. You know where you buy things you just don't need to fill that hole inside.

Now I am lucky that I do not do this in large ways. Like buying big ticket items. But I can still lie about what I spend by just not telling. And being that I am the budget maker and bill payer then that is not always the best thing.

Well, I have a lil help now. "Mind Over Money:Overcoming the Money Disorders that Threaten Our Financial Health" has been written by a father and son team of financial psychologist. They have put down in easy to understand terms just what we do to hurt ourselves. The dangers and pitfalls that are in a disorder when dealing with money. And they also help in how to overcome those issues. What I really like is that this does not tell me how to manage my money. Instead it helps me learn about my relationship with money. How I use it or abuse it to fulfill other needs. And in turning that around I am releasing some of the mounting stress I feel. Of course, that helps my depression lift too! So it is a win win situation for me.
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For the curiously-minded who want to understand the root of your behaviors, this is the book that explains so much. Considering money literally touches everything in our lives, it helped me to understand so much more about myself than just my "number" I carry around in my head that I think I need to feel safe and secure for the long-term. It helped me recognize family money scripts, what happened when my family moved out of their parents' "financial comfort zone", and why I struggle to let my own entrepreneurial spirit loose. Highly recommend.
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This book goes beyond the dollars and cents of money and identifies the true causes of chronic financial problems. Rather than just define the problem and give the typical advice to save more and spend less, the authors include some exercises that they use in their counseling program. I walked away with some insights into the ways I sabotage myself, and I will never look at money in the same way. The authors, a father and son team of psychologists, are refreshingly honest about their own money mistakes, how money was mishandled in their family, and how they turned their financial lives around. There is also a "Money Disorder" test you can access for free using a special code in the back of the book. I found this test particularly informative and helpful. I highly recommend this book.
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As a financial advisor for 30 plus years with a background as a therapist everyone should read this book. If you are wealthy or struggling financially it is the Foundation for not repeating the same mistakes financially. I have reviewed the literature on the psycho social nature of money and finance and this book is the clearest, most reader friendly and most actionable read out there. I have given it to clients and prospects and recommended it to other money managers, financial planners and consultants. Clearly written, backed up with empirical data, yet focusing on things most people do not even acknowledge, their feelings about money, wealth and their repeated and sometimes destructive patterns. A great present for young and old!
Charlotte Mabry, Ed.D.
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