"If you've gotten into credit card debt, it is 100% your fault, because debt is voluntary," said John Ulzheimer, credit expert with CreditSesame.com. "Consumers don't like to admit their faults as it pertains to misusing credit cards."
A National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) survey found that in second place was credit scores with 30% saying they experience embarrassment about disclosing it.
"Since consumers revealed that the two facts they'd be most embarrassed to admit are related to credit, it is obvious that they are not comfortable with how they are currently managing their money," said Gail Cunningham, a spokesperson with NFCC.
One of the highest weighted components of credit scoring is the credit utilization ratio, which factors how much a person owes versus his or her available line of credit. As a general rule, not using more than 30% of available credit is standard.
"Many people confuse finances with identity," said Chuck Bentley, CEO of Crown Financial Ministries. "If their credit score is low or their debt high, they may view themselves as a failure. Shame comes from a sense of failure, defeat, vulnerability and hopelessness."
Far too many Americans spend money they do not have to buy things they do not need to impress people who do not care.