Do You Have a Money Disorder?

Do You Have a Money Disorder?

All of us have some kind of problem with money. Some of us don’t have enough, some might have too much. Some might not manage it well. Some might not manage it all. People disagree about spending, saving, credit, how to raise their children with money, etc. Everyone has some potential issue with money. I ran across an article in Psychology Today a bit ago asking if people have a money disorder. I took the survey they give and almost all of my answers were disagree or strongly disagree when it came to things like shopping or gambling (I rarely do either). However, the answers to work were almost all agree or strongly agree. Perhaps, my money disorder is work like not being able to get away from it.

If I am diagnosed with that money disorder that is certainly true. I mean part of my identity is built around my job. I like being a teacher. I like being a scholar and I have a really hard time letting something go. For example, if I present research I feel like I must make that paper into some publishable research even though I don’t need too. There have been only three projects that I have never published and I still feel guilty about them. All three of those projects are in various draft form and I would like to get them off my table.

I need to learn to relax more and this is part of Monday’s post about learning to be good enough. I need to learn how to embrace that aspect more.

Do you have a money disorder? What is it?

Edit: The results say that I have a Workaholism financial disorder. That is probably true. My focus on work and its part of my identity is WAY too much.

4 thoughts on “Do You Have a Money Disorder?

  1. I believe most people have some sort of money disorder to varying degrees. Most young adults/students get into credit card debt before graduating. This along with student loans put graduates in a deep hole just as they are beginning their working lives making it very hard to balance and save their incomes. That said, being a workaholic would counter-balance their earlier transgressions.

    1. Right. Everyone has a difficulty or worry. No one is self-actualized over money. Some may not worry about it more than others, but even the wealthiest people have some kind of potential issue. I don’t know one who doesn’t. And that could be someone who wishes they could give more money away. It is still technically it issue. It is just varying degrees. Besides, I thought the article on Psychology Today was interesting and decided to write a post on it. Hope all is well Phil.

  2. I can’t agree with you. You sound like someone who has achieved mastery of your field of endeavor. I think that is admirable as well as the high standards you hold yourself to. I think being good enough is basically a nicer way of saying mediocre. Good enough can be a selfish concept if it is used to maximize your personal gain while minimizing your personal effort. All the great inventions, discoveries, works of literature and art were created by masters of their craft, not by people who were good enough. I worked with lots of people who were good enough but eventually they all ended up working for me because I believed in being the best I could be. To me a work disorder is when you spend inordinate amounts of time at work and have no balance at home or with friends. Mastery doesn’t have to prevent having a balanced life.

    1. Well that actually makes me feel a little bit better believe it or not. However, I think that I do have a bit of a problem with balance in my life (hence the blog name). I sometimes find it difficult to leave my work behind and just take a vacation. But I do take your point.

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