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.