Money Problems?

Posted on 14th February 2015 | Category: CBT

There is an old adage that says money can’t buy you happiness. Many modern scholars like to rebut this classic phrase with the comeback that you don’t see many people sitting in their Mercedes Benzes crying into the sleeve of their Armani outfit. Psychologists have actually taken the time to look at the effects of money and money problems on happiness coming up with the following results.

Naturally the study sets up some precepts that talk about the way we view the effects of money. It is not enough to say that sadness is simply the opposite of happiness, because the lack of these emotions does not imply the other. The most interesting outcome of the research states that people who feel they have control over their finances, also feel that they have control over other areas of their lives and are less likely to see difficulties as insurmountable and challenging.

The problem with money is that it is possible to become obsessed with the power of wealth. People can become as addicted to money as alcohol or even drugs, but as this behaviour does not come with the immediate downsides of substance abuse it can be hard for those affected to see where the problem may be.

Equally there are others out there who claim that money doesn’t matter and that they wish to be free from the constraints of so called normal, materialistic society – but often this can mean that they only want to sit in front of the TV every day watching the same old junk TV shows whilst they count the pennies and pretend that they don’t want for anything more from life.

Ideally there is a balance between these two extremes. Money should be seen as a kind of freedom tokens that can allow you to do the things that are important to you in life. With the right kind of attitude it is possible to work out the personal values and experiences that mean the most and structure your employment and financial life around giving yourself the time to enjoy your material successes.

If you would like to look at your life goals and your relationship with money, then it may CBT can help. Therapy and discussion can look at the way you currently live your life and assist you in assessing whether or not you are currently receiving the right fulfilment from life. Together we can look at what is most important to you and ensure that you make the right choices.

The next step is to set up a free consultation session where we can explore the options available to you.