The Real Meaning of Money

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9780002553292: The Real Meaning of Money

A groundbreaking new book in which Dorothy Rowe brings her insight and wisdom to the fascinating subject of money and its place in our lives

No one escapes the power and effects of money.

How we feel about money is central to how we live our lives. It is a fundamental part of how we construct our world – the way we think, the way we interact, the way we order our priorities, the way we maintain our sense of identity. Understanding money is a matter of understanding ourselves.

In The Real Meaning of Money, eminent psychologist Dorothy Rowe unravels the vastly complex network of paradoxes making up our daily lives to show how the individual meanings we create, particularly those concerning money, are a fundamental part of the social, economic and political world we all live in. She not only helps us reach an understanding of the real meaning of money, but also helps us look behind our assumptions, interpretations and judgements to reveal the nature of our thinking for what it is.

An acutely insightful, thoroughly thought-provoking analysis, extraordinary in its breadth and wisdom – possibly her best book ever.

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‘A very important book about one of the last social taboos – with fascinating implications for us all’
Helena Kennedy, QC

Praise for Dorothy Rowe’s previous books includes:

‘Dorothy Rowe stands out amongst psychologists for her clear insight into human experience’
Independent

‘Dorothy Rowe is full of robust good sense, rare intuitive wisdom and unhurried sensitivity’
Nigella Lawson, The Times

‘Wise and witty, factual and poetic, and a luminous path to self-understanding for all of us’
Jill Tweedie

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No one, anywhere, escapes the power and effects of money.

How we feel about money is central to how we live our lives. It is inextricably involved in the way in which we construct our world – the way we think, the way we interact, the way we order our priorities, the way we maintain our sense of identity. Understanding money is a matter of understanding ourselves.

Yet financiers, politicians and most economists present their theories about the economy and all that hinges on it as being entirely objective, uninfluenced by their personal attitudes, opinions, beliefs, fears and needs.

In 'The Real Meaning of Money', eminent psychologist Dorothy Rowe unravels the vastly complex network of paradoxes making up our daily lives to show how the individual meanings we create, particularly those concerning money, are a fundamental part of the social, economic and political world we all live in. She examines private interpretations of money, public meanings about money, its value, its morals, and how the world of money works, reconciling these elements in an understanding of the 'real' meaning of money. In doing so, she helps us look behind our assumptions, interpretations and judgements to reveal the nature of our thinking for what it is – sets of ideas that help us create certainty in an uncertain world.

Dorothy Rowe's acutely insightful, thoroughly thought-provoking, almost revolutionary analysis of money's place in our lives is extraordinary in its breadth and wisdom. All of us yearn for a better society. Only when we recognize how we make sense of the world around us will we truly be able to reach towards it.

"Dr Dorothy Rowe, seer, has qualities which to my mind place her somewhere between sainthood and genius"
FAY WELDON

"Her appeal rests on a combination of clarity of vision, sanity, compassion, deep-seated rationalism and an eye, like Jane Austen's, for social satire. Her work forces you to think for yourself, challenge received ideas and take responsibility for your own life"
LINDA GRANT

"Dorothy Rowe's books are so exceptional. Rowe has not just common sense but wisdom and real writing gifts. It's pleasurable to read her blend of quoted poetry, proper and powerful prose and good jokes"
OBSERVER

"Dorothy Rowe stands out among psychologists for her clear insight into human experience: her writing is refreshingly free from dubious theoretical constructs and jargon"
INDEPENDENT

"Dorothy Rowe is full of robust good sense, rare intuitive wisdom and unhurried sensitivity. She pursues meaning, self-knowledge and understanding with patient ferocity. She is a giver of courage."
NIGELLA LAWSON

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