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Mind Over Money

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  360 ratings  ·  51 reviews
The acclaimed author of Time Warped tackles the very latest research in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, and biology to provide a fresh, fascinating, and thought-provoking look at our relationship with money—perfect for fans of Dan Ariely and Freakonomics.

We know we need money and we often want more of it, but we don’t always think about the way it affects our minds
ebook, 384 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Harper Perennial (first published June 7th 2016)
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I did enjoy this book, and it highlighted for me some neat "tricks" to stopping myself from spending money, but this was a REALLY research heavy book. I think most people are ok with being told a fact, and having it backed up by one or two reference. This read like a dissertation where some poor student was proving that the earth was flat. Ms. Hammond, we get it, you do not need to spend PAGES proving a relatively simple point that MOST people would get behind with one research paper supporting ...more
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
The psychology of money is rapidly become an important area of research. While economists have tended to assume that we make rational decisions with our money, we're rapidly becoming aware that we really don't.

Mind Over Money is a compilation of the research on the psychology of money -- which is its greatest weakness, as well as its greatest strength. Almost every major research project on the subject is summarized in this book, often in only a few paragraphs, before jumping into the next
Akshay Jain
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
The author has tried to combine lot of great research into everything related to money. Not as much practical advice as I expected, but the sheer volume of condensed insights in this book makes it 4star worthy.
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Loza Boza
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book has snippets of information that are interesting and useful but it weaves a poor narrative and required effort to get through it. In particular, the final chapter felt like the author had given up and just threw a hastily gathered list together.

A few of the more interesting points:

- People create different "mental accounts" for spending money (e.g. holiday account e.t.c.). These can have a powerful influence over how we spend money. For sales this probably means that a product or
Annette Jordan
An excellent, informative, entertaining and thought provoking read, this really has made me reevaluate the way I think about money. Referencing numerous medical and psychological studies, the author looks at how we become attached to money , both as a concept and in its physical form, from a very young age, how we can let it motivate us, and surprisingly how it can demotivate us too. Though relatively short, the author packs in a lot of information, in an easily digestible user friendly form and ...more
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was definitely worth the read. I have an interest in behavioral economics but I am not a specialist, so I was familiar with a number of the topics discussed and the observations made by the author, but the author also covered some topics with which I was not familiar that I found very interesting. A good example of this was the discussion of poverty and its likely impact an individual's approach to making economic decisions.

I think I will always remember the author's suggestion not to
I received this book thanks to a Goodreads giveaway.

At first I found the subject matter interesting, but at a certain point, I found it harder and harder to stay interested. Maybe I just had an overload of information.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
There are many psychological experiments that we could already know about "Delayed gratification", this seems to be a big component of being able to be successful in the future. According to some researches, they testes on kids and observed for few decades to see the kids' performance on study and career, those who have patience to wait in order to get bigger rewards seem to be more rational on money and richer in life.

目录 · · · · · ·
引 言 VII
第 1 章 从摇篮到坟墓 1
金钱与大脑 3
见钱眼开的孩子 8
为一把鲁特琴而存钱 11
银行、商店、强盗和牙仙 15
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Money is a mental construct of humans that is now essential to the structure and functioning of our society. Mind Over Money by Claudia Hammond is an easy read that addresses our complex relationship with money. She shows how money affects our emotions, attitudes, perception and behaviours. A key idea she frequently mentions in relation to money is loss aversion. Hammond wrote this book to help us achieve mind over money i.e. taking the control back in order to lead a good life and build a good ...more
A very informative and also entertaining read. The author bases her Interpretation of our emotional relationship with money on an insane amount of scientific studies and adds aspects from her own personal experiences to explain and illustrate those studies.
Some chapters were not interesting for me, but the way the book is organized it is very easy to read those chapters only very broadly.
I like the way she sums up what the chapters are about at the beginning of each chapter. And the general
Rosa Gandarilla
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
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Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it
A very interesting look at the way we look at money especially in the first chapter. There were lots of studies to determine how we view different situations involving our attitudes towards money. Some of which were quite contrary to how I would have viewed the situation prior to reading the well researched attitudes. Most of the time I thought that my attitudes towards money agreed with the outcome various tests which were covered in different chapters of the book. I am sure being brought up ...more
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Truly an interesting book to read. A credible multi-disciplinary work was a joy to encounter in these days when some people just claim to know about stuff and then write a book on that basis. Also, I can't discount the value of Finland being mentioned at least twice!
We need these kind of Hammonds, these authors who are willing to compile research for us layman readers, make it accessible and thus help us keep up with the world. Hammond's writing is engaging and light, even though she's writing
Leticia Supple
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended to me by a friend, on the basis that it would be good research for my next book. In part, that's true. But it is a fascinating and highly readable examination of money, not just in Western culture but worldwide.

Unlike many books, Mind Over Money is essentially a summary of psychological studies, each demonstrating a different facet of humans' relationships with something that is effectively imaginary.

I highly recommend this to you if you've ever been curious about your
Kristiyan Bonev
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Zdravko Kirilov
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One of those books that everyone should read.

Whenever I get to a scientific book, I am a bit anxious if it will be boring. Well, it wasn't the case this time. Claudia Hammond manages to give a lot of information and most of it definitely seems useful. It is neither too long or too short and in the final chapter has 32 points which are basically the whole book in a nutshell. It is cool that she is the narrator of her own book and does a good job out of it. It is always a great idea for the author
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a great read. Hammond teaches the reader a lot about humans' relationship with money. I found myself connecting a lot with all of her anecdotes. As someone who conducts psychological research, I also very much appreciated how many studies Hammond details throughout the book -- almost 300! I enjoyed every moment of this book, found it immensely relevant to my life, and can see myself using some of the tips she outlines in the future.
Daniel Weigert
Dec 31, 2017 rated it liked it
The book surely comprises quite a lot of interesting information and thought-provoking research results, basically with regard to human psychology in contexts of money.

However, its writing style is clearly too long and every (in itself interesting) information is spreaded out over way too many lines and pages, which makes it appear boring and trivial at times.

After all, an interesting book - unless you depend on a "to-the-point"-writing style to enjoy it.
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really don't get the low rating on this book. Tons of fascinating research from all over the world, well-compressed and explained. Personal finance is mostly behavior and this book is loaded with example after example of how people behave with it. To quote Ian Cron: "What you don't know about yourself can hurt you." This is a little knowledge. Better than the average rating, be open minded. It's not a budgeting book. It's not going to make you rich. It will inform you.
Allie Ford
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An engaging exploration of the various behavioural psychology research behind how we perceive and interact with money. Many of the experiments are well known, so having read a few books like this there wasn't too much that was new. The book was well structured, easy to follow and clearly explained. It would make a good introduction into this topic.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the most part, I found Mind Over Money very fascinating and a worthwhile read. Occasionally, the author goes too far off the subject and draws conclusions that take away from the overall reading experience. But it was definitely a good read.
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Initially it felt a little repetitive of things already said by better authors but it gets better. This is essentially a summary of all the psychological studies done with respect to money. It's interesting but not a guide on what to do with your own money.
Kasey Tritch
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A powerful motivator for me to finally stop saying the words "I don't care about money." Because as money relates so relevantly to time I absolutely care about money a lot because I care about time more than anything.
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was a gift, but is not necessarily one that I would have chosen myself. Large parts of the book were made up from psychology test after psychology test and at times this made it dull. But all in all it was mostly interesting with some helpful ways of thinking in relation to money.
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it
A good book and interesting in parts. Found out that we all hate losing money, no matter how it happens or the amount. It has also changed my view on splitting a restaurant bill.
Dam Ly
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Neat book. So much research. First a study that proved one point countered with a study that contradicted. Not swayed one way over another, just packed full of knowledge.
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hammond gives off information at a good pace and sensibly assumes certain knowledge from readers. The book was throughout engaging.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Mildly amusing with a couple of interesting insights but if you're looking for a rigorous analysis give this a miss.
Worst read ever. Full of references to so called scientific studies who are not repeatable, not reproducible and don't understand statistics.
Nikki Amadi
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Very informative.
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Claudia is an award-winning broadcaster, writer and psychology lecturer. She is the presenter of All in the Mind & Mind Changers on BBC Radio 4 and Health Check on BBC World Service Radio and BBC World News TV. She is a columnist for and regularly appears on Impact on BBC World News to discuss research in psychology. Claudia is on the part-time faculty at Boston University's London ...more