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The Inner World of Money: Taking Control of Your Financial Decisions and Behaviors

The Inner World of Money: Taking Control of Your Financial Decisions and Behaviors

by Marty Martin


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Unlike most guidebooks for improving personal finances, this breakthrough work helps readers defeat the often debilitating anxieties over money that can affect financial decision-making.

For more than a decade, psychologist and business professor Marty Martin has helped hundreds of people around the globe overcome the psychological barriers to developing a healthier relationship with their money. With The Inner World of Money: Taking Control of Your Financial Decisions and Behaviors, Martin puts his practical, proven tools for effective earning, saving, spending, and investing in your hands.

Bookstores are full of titles on improving personal finances, but none focus on the often debilitating worries that can lead to poor money habits. The Inner World of Money addresses those worries head-on with time-tested strategies for dealing with bill-paying, personal debt, splurge spending, investment, and household budgets. Going beyond simply explaining bonds, stocks, CDs, and mutual funds, Martin provides genuine, life-changing support based on the latest advances in neuroeconomics, evolutionary psychology, positive psychology/happiness studies, sustainability, socially responsible investing, and behavioral finance, an emerging science combining the best of finance and psychology.

  • Self-assessments that help readers understand the current state of their personal finances
  • Checklists that break down strategies into easy-to-follow steps
  • Exercises to help drive home important ideas
  • Tip sheets for avoiding common financial misunderstandings and pitfalls
  • Real-life examples that show the effectiveness of the author's approach with actual people

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313398247
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/25/2012
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Marty Martin, PhD, is associate professor in the College of Commerce at DePaul University.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

1 Money Makes the World Go 'Round 1

2 Are You Taking Responsibility for Your Financial Life? 21

3 Financial Scripts 33

4 Why Do I Feel Stuck in This Financial Rut?: Confronting Inertia, Procrastination, and Underearning 57

5 The Deadly Dozen: How to Spot 12 Decision-Making Traps and Avoid Them 75

6 Am I an Impulsive-Compulsive Shopper or Spender? 95

7 Why Can't We Talk about Money?: Equipping Yourself with Skills to Talk about Money like Adults 119

8 Talking with Your Kids about Money and Preparing Them for Financial Independence 139

9 Am I Searching for More Money or More Happiness?: Insights and Evidence from the Emerging Science of Positive Psychology and Happiness Studies 163

10 Are You Ready to Change Your Money Habits?: A Five-Step Approach to Making and Sustaining Healthy Money Behaviors 183

Index 201

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