Emotional Currency: A Woman's Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Money
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Emotional Currency: A Woman's Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Money

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Every day, women face new challenges that come with having control over, and responsibility for, their financial lives. Sometimes exciting, sometimes frightening, these issues always have an emotional side. Author and psychotherapist Dr. Kate Levinson offers fresh approaches to navigating the astonishing range of beliefs about the role of money in our lives, coming to term...more
ebook, 208 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by Celestial Arts (first published January 1st 2011)
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Laura Hughes
Let's establish that I'm totally on board with some of the fundamental ideas of this book:

* People are more influenced by emotions than they realize when making decisions about how and how much to spend and save

* Often people's understanding of money is shaped more by their family and upbringing than their current situation

* Understanding your emotional relationship to money can help you overcome your biases and learn to make more productive financial decisions

* Women are disproportionally hur...more
Autumn Blues Reviews
Change the way you perceive money and it's sensations. Levinson gives it to you straight and detailed to help you achieve your goals

Emotional Currency is one of those books that makes you think; I wish I had this book years ago. A book I certainly needed when as a young adult I got a hold of that first credit card. Levinson explains how for centuries our society shut out the female from building any kind of relationship with money. Causing woman to be left in the dark when it came to their hous...more
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I heard this author speak in a marvelous interview http://www.kuow.org/program.php?id=23977 that compelled me to read her book. I made cds of the interview and handed them out to family members and friends as I was so impressed by her ability to speak the truth about a topic women rarely speak about and should.

I am mentoring a young woman, in financial literacy, and we had been talking about how in our culture it is more taboo to speak of financial things---that it is more likely we would talk...more
Kate Woods Walker
Although this book will likely be of use to many women, it's mostly just a long personal chat interspersed with magazine-style filler. Throughout the first section, I found myself always in anticipation of some pithy insight or rockem-sockem financial wisdom that never came. What I kept reading, over and over, were different ways to say "People have emotional reactions to money."

Most useful were the author's suggested questions for those undertaking the journey to monetary maturity. Give these s...more
Deb
*Towards a richer life*


Just as Geneen Roth has shown how our relationships with food serve as a microcosm and mirror for our relationships with self and others, Kate Levinson shares similar findings for women's relationships with money. The way we are with money reflects the way we are with life. Based on this powerful realization, Kate's _Emotional Currency_ offers a guide for achieving a richer life by creating a healthy relationship with money.

Far exceeding a a simple way for currency exchang...more
Kristen
I gave up on this book about half way through because it was too touchy-feely for my taste. I'm sure there are people out there who could benefit greatly from this book. If you have emotional baggage tied to money and spending then this book is for you (I'm not judging...we all have emotional baggage about something). But if you are looking for more down to earth advice on spending, budgeting, economics, and investing you should probably skip this title.
Anna
The book itself would have probably got 2 stars from me if it hadn't been for its effect. It's not easy to read and there are lots and lots of empty places that just take your time and attention but bring nothing crucial to the subject in question. Frankly, the better part of it is just plain boring.

But.

I'm giving it 4 stars for the fact that it discusses something so often tabooed and omitted - money, how we deal with it and how much it means (and yes, it does mean much despite all the proverbs...more
Jennifer Campaniolo
This is a great book for women who have money issues but don't know why. Levinson, who teaches Emotional Currency classes and is also a psychotherapist with a private practice, leads readers through the steps to self-discovery and a better awareness of what emotions/memories lie beneath our excessive frugality or spendthrift habits. She also is candid in sharing her own money story--a mother who indulged her and a tightwad father.

I didn't find very much in the book that was new to me because I'...more
Jeanne Vaver
Although this book is aimed at women, (men also would benefit) by learning, not how to manage money, but how we think about it, and why. I gained much insight into my spending and saving habits, some I want to retain, and some I want to change.
Elisabeth
I found this book very interesting, especially because of the stories of other women that are included. The connection between the way we feel about money and the way we act about money were a surprise to me. Definitely recommend.
Madonna Analla
I borrowed this from the library and it didn't leave an impression on me. It was like a self help book examining your attitudes around money.
Merrill
Includes some useful questions to get you thinking about where your ideas about money came/come from. Quick read, skimmable.
Lillian
Great, clear thinking advice on how to come to know your own relationship with money.
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Kate Levinson has been a psychotherapist in the San Francisco Bay Area for 30 years. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. (#MFC 15955). "Emotional Currency: A Womans Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Money" is based on her Emotional Currency Workshops. In her private practice she consults with individuals, parents and adult children,...more
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