The Psychology of Money

Money seems to have an almost magical effect on us.

Until recently social scientists didn’t know much about the psychology of money. That has changed with an explosion of fascinating findings on how it affects our emotions, our personalities, our sexual behaviour, our risk-taking and society at large.

This series of posts looks at what some of the latest findings can tell us about how the psychology of money affects our day-to-day lives. These insights might allow us to better enjoy our money, spend it more wisely and understand how it affects our behaviour.

» All future articles on the psychology of money will be added below, so for future reference, bookmark this page in del.icio.us.

  1. Whistlestop Tour of Research on the Psychology of Money
  2. Avoid The Relativity Trap – How Thinking Globally Can Save You Money
  3. Social Versus Financial Thinking – When Money Makes People Lazy and Selfish
  4. FREE! But at What Price?
  5. 6 Quirks of Ownership: How Possessions Bend Our Perceptions
  6. The 3 Reasons Money Brings Satisfaction But Not Happiness
  7. Do Big Money Bonuses Really Increase Job Performance?
  8. Money and Self-Control: The Battle Between Thoughts and Emotions
  9. Why Money is Part of Human Nature: Money as Both Tool and Drug
  10. How Money Restricts Life’s Pleasures
  11. 8 Psychological Keys to Spending Wisely
  12. How Does The Cleanliness of Money Affect Our Spending?

You might also be interested in my review of Dan Ariely’s book about behavioural economics, Predictably Irrational.



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Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and the author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick". You can follow PsyBlog by email, by RSS feed, on Twitter and Google+.

Published: 4 April 2008

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