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Weekly Column

Are You Financially Dependent on Your Advisor?

In researching financial dependence for last week’s column, I realized this money disorder shares similar characteristics with Dependent Personality Disorder as defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). If you think you may be...

Financial Dependency: Relying On Others For Money

Do you rely on others for the bulk of your monthly income? If so, it’s possible your relationship with money may be suffering. Many people experience setbacks or life circumstances that result in temporarily relying on others for financial help. Being financially...

Middle-Class Millionaires Are Far From Billionaires

Suppose you have a net worth of one thousand dollars, while your friend has one million dollars. Would you consider yourselves to be in the same financial category? Almost certainly not. The comparison is absurd. Your friend’s one million is a thousand times...

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...