The upheaval in your life circumstances may unleash a wellspring of emotions, making it difficult to think clearly. You are faced with many hard decisions at a time when your judgment is likely to be clouded. Getting help to sort out the emotions is absolutely necessary.
Ultimately, this discussion was not so much about who should pay, but more about the feelings that can arise around money based on each person’s past experiences and beliefs. Projecting these emotions onto the situation without examining them can derail the relationship before it even gets started.
Being a relative newcomer to dating, I’ve been intrigued with how people get to know one another and what they look for in a prospective mate. Often, people are adamant about being with someone who shares their political and religious beliefs, yet fail to have any discussion about money. The "money conversation" can be harder [...]
Writing an article on gender differences and money has the potential to get under people’s skin. Money is a sensitive topic. Making general statements about the sexes and how they tend to handle money seems fraught with peril.
Back in 2008 a woman in her mid 50’s came to my office for an initial meeting to discuss her personal finances. She had rescheduled at least three times. About half way into our meeting I asked her, “So, how was it for you gathering your information to come see me?” Her response displayed [...]