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My father, affected by the Depression, worried out loud about money.
My mother was a shopaholic, expressing love by buying me and herself clothes.
Psychotherapist Olivia Mellan shows how to put money in its place.
For most people, money is never just money, a tool to accomplish some of life's goals.
It is love, power, happiness, security, control, dependency, independence, freedom and more.
Money is so loaded a symbol that to unload it--and I believe it must be unloaded to live in a fully rational and balanced relationship to money--reaches deep into the human psyche.
Usually, when the button of money is pressed, deeper issues emerge that have long been neglected.
As a result, money matters are a perfect vehicle for awareness and growth.
We don't examine the societal messages telling us that gratification lies in spending or that keeping up with the Joneses is important.If we're not overspending, we're typically worrying about money or compulsively hoarding it.We grow up in families where nobody talks about money. My family talked about money all the time." When I ask, "How did you talk?When I stopped screaming, I noticed that my stammer was gone."And it never returned.That's a therapist's dream story: one catharsis, no symptom.