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Workaholism Is About Emotional Pain, Not Money

Are you a workaholic, or are you someone who works hard at what you love to do? Does the distinction really matter? As a recovering workaholic who loves what I do, I have to say that it does. Even though workaholism is generally considered a mark of success and...

“So Daddy Pays You?” Divorce, Money, and Emotions

Kirsten was divorced and had primary custody of her eight-year-old son, Jack, who spent every other weekend with his father. One Friday evening when her ex-husband came to pick up their son, he handed Kirsten a piece of paper and said, “Here is your...

Ten Things A Financial Therapist Wants You To Know

Bari Tessler was practicing financial therapy before most of the rest of us had ever heard the term. A psychotherapist, Bari decided to go into the bookkeeping business, quickly saw the union of psychology and money, and in 2001 began calling her work financial...

Average U.S. Salary and Your Financial Comfort Zone

What would you guess the average American worker makes in a year? This is the question Nina Strohminger, professor of legal studies and business ethics at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, asked her business students recently. Wharton is the...

Signs That It’s Time To Call a Couples Financial Therapist

The last thing in the world I would ever want to be is a couples therapist. This is despite—or perhaps because of—the fact that for 40 years most of my work as a financial planner has been with couples. Helping individuals negotiate their relationship with money...

Failing To Make A Will: A Final Act of Unkindness

We’ve made it to the middle of January, that time of year that is the graveyard for so many New Year’s resolutions. Even if you abandon any other resolutions you may have made, though, please consider carrying out a very important one. Resolve to make a...