How Money Talks

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The book begins with a story of suffering and loss in which money winds through the story of an individual in therapy. This is followed by a clear discussion of the meaning of money and how use of this understanding can help with emotional problems. The book emphasizes exchange and the ways in which we respond to circulation and holding on and letting go. In order to illustrate the importance of money, the book addresses the history of the human use of money as well as symbolism in literature and in the clinical ...
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Overview

The book begins with a story of suffering and loss in which money winds through the story of an individual in therapy. This is followed by a clear discussion of the meaning of money and how use of this understanding can help with emotional problems. The book emphasizes exchange and the ways in which we respond to circulation and holding on and letting go. In order to illustrate the importance of money, the book addresses the history of the human use of money as well as symbolism in literature and in the clinical experience of a psychotherapist.
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"Money has always been a medium through which individuals express their quest for identity. This book makes you realise that money really does talk both within and outside the therapeutic encounter. An excellent discussion of a problem seldom discussed."

"Come back Karl Marx, all is forgiven! Lesley Murdin's remarkable book uses a vivid narrative thread to open out a fascinating host of issues about how money, and money issues, permeates every last hidden scrap of our psyches and selves. Until you read this book, you will never have realised how all-pervasive money is in our lives. It is gripping--and scary--and yet its final message is a joyful and transformational one."

"What a magnificent book! Drawing upon her vast experience as both a practitioner and a teacher of psychotherapy, and upon her deep and highly-regarded study of professional ethics, Lesley Murdin has written an elegant, literate, and thought-provoking analysis of the role of money, not only in the clinical encounter but, also, in our culture more broadly. Those who buy this volume will get two books for the price of one: first, colleagues will benefit from a rich investigation of the many thorny practical problems which confront the mental health practitioner (e.g., charging for missed sessions, unpaid debts, and so forth), as well as how the client treats money either healthily or neurotically, and how this might change over time; and, second, readers will enjoy Murdin's deeply sophisticated analysis of money in contemporary life. Integrating data from literature, economics, anthropology, politics, and the law, the author helps us to understand the role of greed, of envy, and of infantile wishes in relation to money, as well as the essential, rational need for money in adult life. Although many mental health professionals have written books on this subject, I cannot think of one that I would rate more highly than this wise tome from Lesley Murdin. No psychotherapeutic library will be complete without a copy."

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

About the Author xi

Introduction xiii

Part I Money Talks

Chapter 1 I'm a mess 3

Chapter 2 Adrift without a compass 25

Chapter 3 Running up debts 35

Chapter 4 When do I pay? 51

Chapter 5 Circumvented 69

Chapter 6 Be with me 81

Part II What Money Means

Chapter 7 Money had to be invented 87

Chapter 8 Growing in relation to money 103

Chapter 9 Spendthrift or miser? 113

Chapter 10 Who pays for psychotherapy? 125

Part III What Money Says to Therapists

Chapter 11 How money talks to therapists 139

Chapter 12 Money matters in the consulting room 151

Conclusion 171

References 173

Index 179

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