Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 275–288 | Cite as

The Money Taboo: Its Effects in Everyday Life and in the Practice of Psychotherapy

  • Richard Trachtman


A cultural taboo regarding discussion of money affects psychotherapists as well as the lay public. As a result, the psychological literature regarding money is sparse while issues relating to money are seldom addressed in our training, our self analyses, or the treatment of our patients. This article cites some of the literature that does exist, discusses the reasons for and effects of the money taboo, provides a psychological definition of money, and offers some case material that should help to focus thinking about money through the lens of psychodynamic, object relations, and self psychological theories.

money wealth taboo psychotherapy self psychology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Trachtman
    • 1
  1. 1.New York

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