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The Power of Money in Relationships

Sunday, January 02, 2005


ARTICLE IN THIS ISSUE:

  • The power of money in your relationship
  • Eat breakfast to live longer

THE POWER OF MONEY IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP

What brings most couples to psychotherapy are arguments about money, sex, or children. I am going to focus on money—specifically, the meaning we as human beings attach to it and how that meaning affects our loved ones.

Money is always on our minds. No matter how much money you have, you always have money problems. Financial problems are really just the tip of the iceberg for couples, concealing deeper, hidden issues between family members. Yet in spite of the power of money to entangle our personal relationships, few couples seek out psychotherapy when they have a financial crisis. Instead, couples continue to use money in a power struggle with their loved ones. Money is given, then taken away. Money is used to reward and punish. Money is a promise, a bribe, a threat. Rarely is money given as a gift with no strings attached.

If you are to truly free yourself of the money trap, then you will need to assess your money beliefs, and to be honest about your biases and manipulations with regard to money. You need to acknowledge just how important money is to you. You will need to evaluate your financial values and goals and make sure that they are ethical and compassionate when it comes to your marriage and family.

EAT BREAKFAST TO LIVE LONGER

You’ve probably heard that eating breakfast is an important part of any weight loss efforts. A recent study revealed that over 75% of the people in the study who were successful in keeping weight off for one year said they ate breakfast every day of the week.

However, it appears that eating breakfast also makes you younger, although researchers are unclear why. Epidemiological studies have shown that people who ate breakfast every day appeared to live longer compared to people who skipped breakfast.

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