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The Real Meaning of Money Hardcover – 1 Sep 1997

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st Edition edition (1 Sept. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002553295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002553292
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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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

From the Back Cover

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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This book is about far more than personal finance. It is a detailed investigation of our (usually habitual and unconscious) attitudes to money and the whole Money System on Planet Earth. It points out that the world's armaments expenditure for example is over $1 trillion per year - arms is the single biggest "economic" activity in the world. Ms Rowe cites studies which show the economic cost of war is far greater than the gain from the production of the weapons. Of course, the West gains while ensuring the costs are only borne in other parts of the world.
Apart from this exploration of how the military ethos completely depends on the idea of money, she also challenges our preconceptions of money in everyday life. Too often we hear that we can't do this or that because tthere is not enough money. But what are the REAL resources that achieve things? MOney is just electronic signals in a computer.
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This is the third Dorothy Rowe book I've read in three months. I have to say that there is much reiteration of her ideas in each book.

She's a fun companion. She emphasises that we all create our own meanings, and she is no exception. You could see her as a batty, Guardian-reading, National Health championing, anti-Conservative Australian who doesn't like the idea of God - and you'd be right - but that's just your meaning structure.

I've read quite a lot of self-help books, and I like the way she debunks self-help books, but she can use a broad brush sometimes. Having had problems with debt, I bought How to Get out of Debt and Stay out of Debt by Jerrold Mundis, and I thought this would be a good companion volume.

Rowe does make the point that how we spend money is a reflection of how we perceive our integrity as a person, and if our integrity feels under threat it can force us to use money in a self-destructive way. That's a useful insight, but I thought much of her stuff is opinion rather than fact (just like the Guardian). There goes my meaning structure again!

This book was more about Dorothy Rowe's theories and how money is a factor in them, rather than money itself.

Still, everyone should read at least one book by Dorothy Rowe.
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Brilliant
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but uncomfortable read... 5 Feb. 2013
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Format: Hardcover
This was my introduction to the author. I enjoy her writing and forthright, well researched opinions. I found the subject matter pretty confronting at times as she really did make me look at my views of money, success etc. it was certainly a book that has stayed with me and affected my perspective which is as much as you can ask of any book!
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