Think About The Kinds Of Behaviors Driven By Money:
We tell people: “It is important to realize that money by itself does not cause these hurtful experiences. Money is neutral; it’s just little coins, pieces of paper or plastic cards. The true cause—the source of our money issues—is what money represents in our minds.”
The important questions then become:
Why does money hurt so many people?
Why does money produce so much irrational behavior?
We believe the major answer to both questions is that money is an emotionally charged issue. Our reactions primarily come from childhood experiences. When a child or adolescent is repeatedly mistreated regarding money (whether verbally, psychologically or physically), he or she has a strong tendency either to repeat the experience of being mistreated or to rebel by mistreating others.
We invite you to reflect on and send us your comments about how you or others you know have developed any irrational or hurtful behaviors with money.
When a person’s conscious and subconscious minds are in conflict, guess which one wins the psychological tug of war?
Wishing all of you a healthy, peaceful and prosperous new year.
James W. Gottfurcht, Ph.D.