Society has certain topics that aren't to be discussed in mixed company. Religion among people of different faiths is one. Discussing politics can be a problem. Money is another.
But maybe money should be discussed more often. At least, that's what Kate Levinson, a San Francisco Bay Area psychologist and author of "Emotional Currency: A Woman's Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship With Money," told the Jewish Journal.
"Whether you have a lot of money or a little bit of money, we all have emotional reactions to money," Levinson said. "We make better financial decisions when we're aware of what these financial decisions are."
People have certain emotions associated with money, according to Levinson. People might recognize they have those feelings without understanding why they have those feelings.
Levinson said people are born with certain psychological tendencies including tendencies toward money. Family frequently has a big impact on a person's thoughts about money as well.
Levinson says in her book that her mother was always willing to giver her money when she needed it as a child but her relationship with her father was different, according to the Jewish Journal. This situation, and others in her youth, formed her own views of money.
The first step in understanding your emotional feelings about money is talking about money thoughts, concerns, and opinions with someone you trust, Levinson said. She says some money problems, such as compulsive shopping, have underlying emotional reasons. Much of the time, talking about the problem can help in overcoming it.
She also encourages men to look at their own relationship with money.