Blog 1 of 3 in the Introduction to Financial Therapy blog series.
Introduction to Financial Psychology blog series
This brief blog series will illustrate how the growing field of Financial Psychology can revolutionize people’s turbulent relationships with money. Through understanding the roots and influence of their personal financial psychology, individuals find themselves able to discard the inherited programming that drives their financial decisions, and that no longer serves them.
The complete list of blogs in this series are at the bottom of this article.
What is Financial Psychology?
The field of Financial Psychology is a burgeoning discipline that associates people’s thoughts and feelings about money with how they manage it. While personal finance tools are widely available and have grown and improved over time, clean and clear financial management still seems challenging for the average American. Even today, when financial education is easily obtainable for free through the Internet, many people continue to struggle with debt, stagnate in underearning, and substantially overspend their resources, leaving nothing for a rainy day. The numbers are staggering:
The Challenges of Money
Dealing with money is unavoidable. Whether paying rent and living paycheck to paycheck, paying a mortgage and saving in a 401-K, or living off a managed trust fund, one consistently has to make decisions around money that may play a large part in overall well-being. Such decisions are frequently stressful, which can take a huge toll on emotional health. The burden of financial stress inevitably affects all aspects of life including relationships, family, work, and personal security. Time and time again, merely learning how to manage money has proven powerless in solving financial stress. Rather than addressing solely the practical money behaviors that have caused poor outcomes, financial therapy works to uncover the triggers that cause a person’s emotional responses to finances which often lead to poor decisions around money—both now and down the road. Once people are able to recognize their individual financial triggers, they are in a much better position to put their personal finances in order and, in the future, refrain from the same emotional behaviors that caused and maintained their problems.
This is where Financial Psychology, delivered as financial therapy, helps people to change their relationship with money. Financial therapy provides an informed process to support people in changing how they think, feel, and behave around money. This results in an overall improved relationship with money, typically an improved income, lower stress, and easier interaction around financial decision-making.
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Blog 1 – What is Financial Psychology
Blog 2 – Why the World is Turning to Financial Therapy for Help.
Blog 3 – How Financial Therapy can Help you.