This is one of my
favorite addictions. Have you
ever spent a significant amount of time with someone to discover that when
they had money in their pocket they felt good about themselves and when they
didnít have any money; well it is pretty evident what you witness.
Many people base their
self-esteem on money. But, many
people have an addiction problem with it also.
It can be seen as greed, gambling, buying, storing, hoarding, etc.
Within the contents of this page is hard to describe exactly all the
aspects of money addiction. Sometimes
I see this in driving for success. Holding
down 3 jobs at once. Striving to
get ahead financially, failing each and every day.
Money has the power to control attached to it.
Sometimes people use money to manipulate other people.
Money is something all of
us need to survive. There again,
this addiction can cause security problems for families.
Loss of a home, car, defaulting on loans, and borrowing from family
members all go into the mix. This
is usually connected to a mis-conception that someday, somehow, everything
will be the way they want it. People
that come from a low-income background tend to appreciate money and know what
it represents. On the other hand,
those of high financial status donít care about money because they have an
unlimited amount. This is
something I call "180 degrees out of sick" - one extreme to the other without any balance.
If you know someone that
is financially devastated and cannot pull themselves out of the mess they got
themselves into, there is a good chance there is a money addiction problem. But, if you see someone that constantly buys things and
accumulates things they donít really need, thatís a problem too.
Anything to excess is a problem. This
is the stuff that drives families mad and breaks them up faster than any other
issue I know of.