The Secret Meaning of Money: How to Prevent Financial Problems from Destroying Our Most Intimate Relationships / Edition 1

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In this book, internationally known psychologist Cloe Madanes and writer Claudio Madanes present a revolutionary view of the hidden role money plays in families and break the silence about the power money holds over family life. In dozens of stories, anecdotes, and case histories, The Secret Meaning of Money shows how husbands and wives, parents and children, adult children and older parents all use money in covert ways that express desires, struggles for power, yearning for commitment, as well as the need for revenge and retribution.To prevent money issues from destroying relationships, the authors present an extraordinary problem-solving technique that uses money to repair family conflicts. The authors guide the reader through the challenges money presents in the lifecycle, and they also tackle the unique problems that are common in wealthy families and the conflicts that arise when families are living in impoverished circumstances.This important book can help each of us understand the secret meaning of money in our own lives and how we can best use money to restore and heal family relationships.

In dozens of stories, anecdotes, and case histories, these authors show how everyone uses money in covert ways that express desires, the struggle for power, yearning for commitment, as well as the need for revenge and retribution. This book presents a revolutionary new problem-solving technique that uses money to punish, reward, and repair conflicts. In addition, the authors tackle the special problems of wealth and impoverishment.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A treasure chest of wisdom about the touchiest and most explosive topic of family life. Pure gold!'' (Frank S. Pittman III, M.D., author of Man Enough: Fathers, Sons and the Search for Masculinity)

"Overspending is a common dysfunction among couples, and the Madanes have some unorthodox but effective possible solutions." (Dallas Morning News)

"Don't let the small size and easy readability of this book fool you. Its message is concentrated: It is possible to have both money and love." (The Psychotherapy Letter)

"Overspending is a common dysfunction among couples, and the Madanes have some unorthodox but effective possible solutions." (Dallas Morning News)

An exploration of how issues related to the control, dispensing, pooling, and wasting of money can jeopardize family and romantic relationships. Incorporating dozens of anecdotes of situations she has encountered over the years in her own practice, the author explores money issues in child-parent, sibling, married, and other relationships. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787941161
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/25/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 195
  • Sales rank: 1,174,550
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.51 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

CLOE MADANES is one of the most respected family therapists in the world. Her previous books include the classic Strategic Family Therapy and Behind the One Way Mirror. She is co-director of the Family Therapy Institute in Washington, D.C. CLAUDIO MADANES is her brother and a well-known screenwriter in Argentina.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Challenge of Money.

2. Money and the Young Couple.

3. Money and Our Difficult Parents.

4. What Parents Can Do for Children with Money.

5. Money and the Middle Years.

6. Divorce and the Second Marriage.

7. When Parents Are Impoverished.

8. Problems of a Wealthy Family.

9. Money and the Older Couple.

10. The Positive Use of Money.

11. Money and Irrational Behavior.

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