What do you know about money? How do you earn it, spend it, save it, invest it? What makes you happy or unhappy regarding money?
These are some of the questions that author Morgan Housel explores in his book The Psychology of Money: Timeless lessons on wealth, greed, and happiness.
This book is not a personal finance manual or an investment guide. It is a collection of 19 short stories that illustrate the strange and sometimes irrational ways that people think about money and how that affects their financial decisions. The author combines his experience as a financial journalist with scientific research and historical anecdotes to show how psychology, history, ego, emotion, and culture influence our behavior with money.
Some of the topics covered in the book include: the importance of being in control of your financial life, the difference between being rich and being wealthy, the role of risk and uncertainty in investments, the influence of confirmation bias and the Dunning-Kruger effect on our beliefs about money, the need to adapt to change and learn from mistakes, and the importance of having a long-term vision and a broad perspective on money.
The book is written in a clear, engaging, and humorous style. The author does not intend to give lessons or magical recipes, but to share his reflections and observations on a topic that affects us all. The book will make you think, question, and perhaps change some of your ideas about money and how to use it to achieve your goals and happiness.
If you want to learn more about the psychology of money and how to improve your relationship with it, I recommend reading this book. It is one of the best and most original finance books published in recent years. You can find it on Amazon or at your favorite bookstore.