The Real Meaning of Money

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9780006381228: The Real Meaning of Money

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

A groundbreaking 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:
‘We work for it, we think about it, we worry about it, we dream about it, we want more of it. We spend it, we hoard it, we give it away. We scheme, lie, even kill for it.’

How we feel about money is central to how we live our lives. We recognize money but we don’t know what it means. We, alone of all animal species, use money, but we don’t understand it. How could we when it has so many different meanings?

In The Real Meaning of Money, eminent psychologist Dorothy Rowe unravels the 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 live in.

An acutely insightful, thoroughly thought-provoking analysis, extraordinary in its breadth and wisdom.

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‘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’
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“We work for it, we think about it, we worry about it, we dream about it, we want more of it. We spend it, we hoard it, we give it away. We scheme, lie, even kill for it.”

Money is one of the most elusive and abstract and yet unavoidable facts of modern life and is often at the heart of what we think about ourselves. It is also one of the most difficult subjects to discuss and causes more marital break-ups than infidelity – many people are less secretive about their sex lives than they are about their bank accounts.

With characteristic candour, psychologist Dorothy Rowe breaks through the complexities of financial systems and tackles the appeal and the paradoxes, the myths and the realities of making, managing and spending money.

“A very important book about one of the last social taboos”
HELENA KENNEDY

“A fascinating and entertaining read”
VICTORIA GLENDINNING, 'Daily Telegraph'

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