Financial Infidelity: Seven Steps to Understanding and Solving the Number One Relationship Problem

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An acclaimed couples therapist gives expert advice on how to handle the most common problem in committed relationships

Financial infidelity is the #1 problem in relationships. Secret credit cards, binge shopping, revenge spending, financial power plays, and hidden bank accounts are just a few examples of how money can be used to harm a relationship. In Financial Infidelity, Dr. Bonnie, one of the nation's leading couples therapists, is the first to offer effective solutions to ...

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Overview

An acclaimed couples therapist gives expert advice on how to handle the most common problem in committed relationships

Financial infidelity is the #1 problem in relationships. Secret credit cards, binge shopping, revenge spending, financial power plays, and hidden bank accounts are just a few examples of how money can be used to harm a relationship. In Financial Infidelity, Dr. Bonnie, one of the nation's leading couples therapists, is the first to offer effective solutions to this pervasive relationship threat, enabling readers to:

• Assess the true cost of financial infidelity
• Understand how buying, rewarding, or controlling behavior with money can open the door to lies, betrayals, and affairs
• Understand how childhood relationships to money and love can create damaging emotional links
• Separate the value of their relationship from the value of their bank account
• Disconnect from harmful emotional and financial behaviors in order to reconnect with their partner

Financial Infidelity will open readers' eyes to the connections between money, sex, and love, as it helps them understand how to handle the hidden financial problems in a relationship and heal the inevitable emotional fallout. Dr. Bonnie has a near one hundred percent success rate in counseling her patients—this book is the next best thing to a session with the doctor herself!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615544295
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/17/2008
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Bonnie Eaker Weil, Ph.D. has been an internationally acclaimed relationship therapist for thirty years and is the author of several books, including Make Up, Don't Break Up and Adultery: The Forgivable Sin. New York magazine named her one of the city's top therapists and Psychology Today named her one of America's best therapists.

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Sunny Shulkin, L.C.S.W., B.C.D.     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction     xvii
What Is Financial Infidelity?
Understanding Financial Infidelity     3
Financial Infidelity: Are You at Risk?     21
Facing Financial Infidelity     37
The Seven Steps
Calculate the Cost: What the Balance Sheet of Your Relationship Reveals     57
Examine Your Power Dynamic: If Money Is Power, Is There a Balance in Your Relationship?     91
Divest Yourself of the Past: Understanding Your Inherited Money History     123
Break Up with Your Money: Letting Go of Money's Emotional Hold     161
Define the Currency of Your Relationship: Working Toward a "Free" Exchange of Love and Intimacy     195
Refinance Your Relationship: Reorganizing Your Priorities to Reclaim Lasting Love     219
Invest in Your Future: The Ongoing Work of Maintaining Your Relationship     245
The Biochemical Component
The Brain-Body Connection     267
A Final Word: The Case for Financial Fidelity and Lasting Love     289
Bibliography and Sources     293
About the Author     299
A Note to Readers from Dr. Bonnie     301
Index     303
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