There is a new epidemic afoot, the ascendant addiction of our times -- to money and debt. As we end the longest economic expansion in our history, there are more people in trouble with debt than ever before. Bankruptcies have increased to unprecedented highs -- four million personal bankruptcies in the past three years -- a staggering rate of one bankruptcy for every forty families. Americans now owe more than $650 billion to credit card companies, an average of $11,000 per family. Never before have so many people reported feeling bad about their relationship with money and expressed a helplessness about regaining control of their financial lives.What's going on? We all have an intense relationship with money. We instill it will all sorts of powers -- some of which it has, most of which it doesn't. The idea that money can solve our problems may not be true, but it can be a persistent illusion. Since what we seek in money is not what is really missing, what we find in money is never enough. Ron Gallen has been a pioneer in financial counseling and addiction recovery and in these pages he offers help for people dealing with recurrent money problems -- and gets to the heart of the issues fueling their self-defeating patterns. The Money Trap is the first book to describe the differing types of money disorders in detail and outlines a comprehensive recovery plan. Breaking long-standing financial patterns is hard, especially when they are driven by deeper needs. Applying time-tested theories of addiction, Gallen sets forth an integrated method for changing the destructive actions while healing the underlying feelings. The Money Trap outlines practical actions for stopping the self-destructive cycle, establishing a livable financial structure, and enjoying an abundant, balanced life.
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