Money Handlers

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Kevin Delaney, Vice Dean for Faculty at the College of Liberal Arts and sociology professor at Temple University, asks how working with money affects people's attitudes towards it in his book, Money at Work: On the Job with Priests, Poker Players and Hedge Fund Traders.


Kevin Delaney

Comments [14]

John from NYC

One place to obtain free information concerning the handling/management of money is the New York City Government - Office of Financial Empowerment. It is part of the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs.

Aug. 08 2012 11:35 AM

GASP!! Assumption that CP is a he was a terrible sexist slip! (She's a she.)

Aug. 08 2012 11:33 AM
Rich P from Long Island

Having little money as a child facilitated my career choice. I'm an Engineer who does everything myself (home improvements, car repairs,...etc). It gives me a feeling of having some control over what I can do.

Aug. 08 2012 11:29 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

Great segment! Important! It is these different attitudes towards money that is the source of so many problems in relationships and a major cause of divorce.

Much more so than the amount of money itself.

Aug. 08 2012 11:28 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

I have an equation I worked out years ago:

B=MC^2. Which stands for Beauty = Money times C squared. But I won't say what C stands for :)

But basically, like Mass and Energy, Beauty and Money are two sides of the same thing, that which attracts others and gives one a sense of power/

Aug. 08 2012 11:27 AM
In Our Hearts from Brooklyn

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We recognize a need to create a new world were people's thinking is no longer influenced by money. We are for a gift economy. A better world is possible.

Aug. 08 2012 11:27 AM

Good topic. Something a little off the topic is the fact that only now, 20 plus years after online banking started, there are a few apps for budgeting.

Why banks didn't offer budgeting software (something better than quicken), with help for setting up and prioritizing a budget, is a mystery.

Aug. 08 2012 11:24 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

Great, smart insights & comments by the woman caller who grew up poor but is married to a good wage earner now, and sees how the difference in having money makes in so many ways in our life.

Aug. 08 2012 11:24 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Money should be treated like food or an opiate. Karl Marx and Thomas Jefferson - two of the greatest minds the last 200 years, were both terrible at handling their money.

Aug. 08 2012 11:21 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

People engage in all sorts of delusional and self-deceptive mind games. The ability of people to rationalize and justify and to avoid the truth they see in the mirror in front of them -- the ability to change their perception of themselves by superficial means (often through the purchase of luxury things, jewelery, cars, clothing) is astounding to me.

But what happens when the novelty of the new thing wears off? (Get something else!)

Aug. 08 2012 11:18 AM
CP from NYC

GREAT topic! Never thought about this before... When I was a bartender I certainly let money flow in and out differently than when I was on a salary. Now that I own my business and am responsible for every dollar in and out, it's a whole other story.

Aug. 08 2012 11:17 AM
John A

The caller with the four children wins.
For some reason the guest seems to be lacking a baseline of common experience. Get him to dig out of the book?

Aug. 08 2012 11:17 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

I'm not sure I agree with the guest's interpretation of his friend's perspective of buying that sandwich. Those finance cultures attract a certain personality type and like many other insular cultures -- tribes -- there is peer pressure to speak the same lingo, no matter how glib or cliched.

And, it's not unusual for someone to see the world through the lens of his profession, or whatever is really important or central to his/her life, not only in the world of money.

Aug. 08 2012 11:15 AM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

We're all money handlers.

Aug. 08 2012 11:08 AM

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