The Secret Language of Money: How to Make Smarter Financial Decisions and Live a Richer Life
by David Krueger and John David Mann
'If money were about math, none of us would be carrying any debt. The numbers are simple. What’s complex is what we do with money: we give it meaning. We breathe life into money and give it emotional value. We make it bigger than it is. We use money to do things money isn’t designed to do, and that’s where things get complicated.’ (From the introduction to The Secret Language of Money.)
Do you consistently spend more money 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?
If so, this is one is for you. “The Secret Language of Money” by David Krueger and John David Mann is probably the book I quote most often in my work. With examples from his longstanding praxis as a psychologist and psychiatrist, Krueger shows why we follow certain learned pattern regarding our money – and offers suggestions and exercises to break these pattern if they hinder us in our life.
This book is a guided tour to the subconscious meanings we give money., the conflicted ways our brain deals with money, the reasons we tend to make the same money mistakes over and over—and most importantly, how you can change all that and find the elusive balance of wealth, health, and joy we all seek.
“Quick question: Does dealing with/thinking about/earning/spending money make you happy, or does it stress you out? If it’s not making you happy, you need to read this extraordinary book, right away.”
Seth Godin, author of the New York Times bestseller Tribes