Overcoming Overspending: A Winning Plan for Spenders and Their Partners

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Never has overspending been more widespread, as people struggle under mushrooming personal debt. Olivia Mellan is a groundbreaking psychotherapist in the field of money conflict resolution, and she offers here a dynamic and compassionate plan to guide overspenders and those who love them. "Never preachy . . . enormously useful."--Publishers Weekly.

For more than 20 years, Mellan has helped couples and individuals whose spending habits have placed their personal ...

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Overview

Never has overspending been more widespread, as people struggle under mushrooming personal debt. Olivia Mellan is a groundbreaking psychotherapist in the field of money conflict resolution, and she offers here a dynamic and compassionate plan to guide overspenders and those who love them. "Never preachy . . . enormously useful."--Publishers Weekly.

For more than 20 years, Mellan has helped couples and individuals whose spending habits have placed their personal relationships in jeopardy. This is Mellan's plan to guide overspenders and their loved ones through the emotional steps necessary to restoring balance to their budget while renewing bonds of trust and support.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Mellan, herself a recovering overspender, has been a psychotherapist specializing in money conflict resolution for almost two decades. Here she states her conviction that overspending is a societal addiction in the U.S. and cites sobering statistics: Americans took on $4.5 trillion in household debt between 1990 and 1994; in 1994, we charged $701 billion on credit cards. Pointing out that each individual's attitude toward money is established in childhood and adolescence, she offers practical suggestions for curbing the self-destructive behavior of either overspending or miserliness. While self-help groups such as Debtors Anonymous and Consumer Credit Counseling Services can help some people, Mellan feels that spouses or partners can be of the greatest assistance. The book, written with freelancer Christie, is never preachy and is enormously useful. (Nov.)
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Mellan, a psychotherapist in the field of money conflict resolution and herself a recovering compulsive spender, presents not a personal finance book on budgeting, saving, and investing but a psychological self-help book for couple relationships in which one or both partners suffers from an addiction to spending. Mellan uses case studies, including her personal experience, to show what causes overspending and how couples can work to overcome it. Most of the cases involve couples in which one partner is a hoarder or a saver while the other is an overspender. Mellan encourages couples to talk about their spending and what emotions they feel when money is spent. She then wants couples to discuss ways they can fulfill these emotions without spending money. This is an excellent book that should be read by all couples whether they think they have a problem with overspending or not. Highly recommended.-Joel Jones, Kansas City P.L., Mo.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567316681
  • Publisher: MJF Books
  • Publication date: 3/26/2004
  • Pages: 201
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Olivia Mellan is the bestselling author of several books on money-conflict resolution, including MONEY SHY TO MONEY SURE: A Woman’s Road Map to Financial Well-Being (2001 hardcover), MONEY HARMONY: Resolving Money Conflicts in Your Life and Relationships (1994 hardcover; 1995 paperback) and OVERCOMING OVERSPENDING: A Winning Plan for Spenders and Their Partners (1995 hardcover; 1997 paperback), all published by Walker & Company.

Mellan is a groundbreaking therapist in the field of money-conflict resolution; Money magazine calls her “the matriarch of a fast-growing list of couples money therapists.” She gives seminars nationwide and has appeared regularly on national television including Oprah, Today, 20/20, and the PBS-TV series In the Prime.

She is regularly quoted in national publications such as Psychology Today, Woman’s Day, and Modern Maturity, among others. Her articles have appeared in numerous magazines and professional journals ranging from Working Woman to Money, and she writes a regular column called “The Psychology of Advice” for Dow Jones Investment Advisor. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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