Dr. Charles Richards, Ph.D. has written, The Psychology of Wealth, about how we think and feel about our money and how we interact with it.
Why can you find a wealthy couple that has a net worth of over $1 million who still live paycheck to paycheck with no savings? Why are there middle class Americans earning $30,000 who have a fully funded emergency fund, taking family vacations, saving for an early retirement, and living their lives carefree of money worries?
What is the difference between these types of people and how they handle their money? Why do we all think and feel differently about our money and how we interact with it? Dr. Charles Richards, Ph.D. has tried to tackle these issues in his new book, The Psychology of Wealth.
Charles Richards Is Not Your Typical Finance Writer
The Psychology of Wealth kind of reminds me of the excellent book, The Millionaire Next Door, by Thomas Stanley and William Danko which dissects the traits that make millionaires so successful with their money. One thing that will strike you right away with The Psychology Of Wealth is that Charles Richards is not a financial planner or money expert that you would expect.
Instead, he is a psychotherapist that has taken his decades of experience counseling people from all walks of life in their issues and added excellent research and interviews to his observations.
Interesting Observations From The Psychology Of Wealth
One of the underlying themes of The Psychology of Wealth that continue to materialize in the stories that were told was that you are not confined to the same financial life that you grew up with. You can make a better life for yourself than the one you grew up with.
It is okay to look at your parents and realize that you do not want the same financial life that they struggled through. Maybe your parents were horrible with money. Maybe their priorities were obviously in the wrong place which was evident by their actions and the things that they bought. Your life is not defined by how you grew up or where you grew up.
Is Wealth A Function Of Nature Or Nurture?
The age old challenge of nature versus nurture is alive and well in our finances as well. The Psychology of Wealth discusses that anyone can change their financial life with the right attitude. Through dedication, education, finding the right mentors, and other factors, you can change your financial future.
The Psychology Of Wealth looks at what makes up the real sources of wealth in our lives besides solely money. There are so many other ways to measure wealth than strictly monetarily, and they are discussed in detail in Dr. Richards’ book.
The Psychology Of Wealth is full of stories from Charles Richards’ own life and the lives of others that he has interacted with throughout life and in his practice as a psychotherapist as well. Each story shares interesting tidbits about how individuals have succeeded with their money.
If life is all about the relationships we have, it also includes our relationship with money as well. How you think, how you interact, and your attitude towards money can dramatically influence your success, the accomplishment of your dreams, and your financial dreams. Discovering yourself, what is truly important to you, your hopes and dreams have a dramatic effect on our relationship with money.