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Tag: money and emotions

Self-Worth and Net Worth: Status Money Scripts

For the third in this series of columns on money script categories, let’s look at Money Status. This differs from the Money Worship category in having its focus on social acceptance. People in this category generally equate net worth with their self-worth. They...

Money Script Categories: Money Avoidance

Money scripts are beliefs we have acquired about money and how it works. We are usually unaware of these beliefs, in part because we see them as facts—”just the way it is.” We typically hold 50 to 200 money scripts, which affect every financial decision we...

Eight Aspects of Financial Trauma

In a recent column, I discussed financial trauma—money-related occurrences that, either as single extreme events or chronic patterns, can overwhelm a person and become traumatic. Some emotional signs of financial trauma are depression, ambivalence, regularly reliving...

Recovery From Financial Trauma

When you hear the word “trauma,” what comes to mind? The death of a loved one, severe injury or illness, a natural disaster, physical or sexual abuse, wartime combat? These are the things that I once thought of as trauma. What I’ve since learned is that...

Why We Don’t Plan For The Inevitable

Why do we put off taking action that is important to our financial health? Last week we explored some of the financial “emergencies” that can be avoided with planning or prevention. It’s easy to understand why planning is so important. It’s less easy...