The Secret Language of Money: Understanding Your Emotional Relationship to Money, Wealth, and Success

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The Secret Language of Money: How to Make Smarter Financial Decisions and Live a Richer Life

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If money were about math,

none of us would be carrying any debt.

The numbers are simple. What’s complicated

is what we do with money. We use

money to soothe our feelings and buy respect,

to show how much we care or how

little. We don’t simply earn, save, and

spend money: we flirt with it, crave it, and

scorn it; we punish and reward ourselves

with it.

Without realizing it, we give money

meaning it doesn’t really have—what

former psychiatrist and current business

coach David Krueger calls our “money

story.” And in the process of playing

out that money story, we often sacrifice

the most important things in our

life: our health, freedom, relationships,

and happiness.

What is your money story?

  • Do you consistently spend more than

    you have?

  • Do you follow the herd in your

    investments—even though you know

    the herd is usually wrong?

  • Have you neglected to save for the future,

    even when you have the means?

  • Do you feel controlled or shackled by debt?
  • Is your money somehow never “enough”?
  • Is money, or the lack of it, always

    on your mind?

The Secret Language of Money is a guided

tour to the subconscious meanings we

give money, the conflicted ways our braindeals with money, the reasons we tend to

make the same money mistakes over and

over—and most importantly, how you

can change all that.

A brilliant blend of cutting-edge science

and real-world application, The Secret

Language of Money helps you rewrite

your money story and find that elusive

balance of wealth, health, and joy we

all seek.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071623391
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/23/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 695,304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Krueger, M.D., formerly practiced and

taught psychiatry and psychoanalysis for

more than 25 years. He is currently CEO

of MentorPath, an executive coaching

practice serving corporate executives and

healing professionals, and he serves as

Mentor Coach and Dean of Curriculum

for the Coach Training Alliance. Krueger

lives in Houston, Texas.

John David Man has been writing about

business, leadership, and the laws

of success for more than 20 years. He

is coauthor of the Wall Street Journal

bestseller The Go-Giver and the Silver

Nautilus Award-winning A Deadly Misunderstanding

and author of The Zen of

MLM. Mann lives in Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Part I. Your Money Story

1. Money Talks? But What Is It Saying?
2. Your Life Is a Story and You Are the Author
3. Your Money Story and Where It Came From
4. What Does Money Mean to You?
5. What Are You Compromising for Money?
Part II. Your Brain on Money: The Strange Inner World ofWealth

6. Into Thin Air: The Abstraction of Money
7. Cautionary Tales: Money Stories from the Edge
8. The Psychology of Wealth
9. Green Matter: Money and the Neuroscience of Your Brain

Part III. Solving Money Problems
10. Why Do We Spend?
11. His Money, Her Money

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  • Posted June 21, 2010

    Money Really Does Talk

    Krueger states in the introduction, "This book is a rare glimpse into the secret conversation you hold with yourself about the meaning of money in your life."

    This book helps you find out your personal relationship with money and what it all really means in your life. I was intrigued by the title and found myself completely engrossed as I began reading it. There is a definite psychology of money in how we perceive, work, save, spend, and plan for the future with it.

    I found this book to be informative, interesting, and entertaining. It's easy to follow and asks some extremely important questions with quizzes throughout. It's laid out in three sections, like a three act screenplay: Your Money Story, Plot Twists, and Writing a New Money Story. It also teaches you how to have a game plan, specific goals, and how to make grounded decisions about money.

    Find out what your life money story is telling you and what you can do about it. I recommend this book for anyone who is serious about making a money plan and sticking to it. It's a book that you'll find yourself referring to over and over.

    -Jennifer Chase, Author of Compulsion & Dead Game

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  • Posted September 22, 2009

    Important read,... for all of us!

    This is a very eye opening book that has helped me in many facets. One of which is that I now understand just how emotional spending can be, and that spending has more to do with who we are versus a simple purchase of sorts.

    I encourage all walks of life to read this book, and really do what you can to put the many helpful methods this author has given to practice.

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