NEW YORK (MainStreet)More than half (63%) of Americans would rather reveal their weight than what is in their wallet, according to a recent survey conducted by Country Financial.
Whether feast or famine, we are all making decisions, constantly, about what to eat, what to spend, and what to talk about. "Decide" comes from the Latin, like "homicide"...to cut away and kill the alternatives. Don't talk about politics, religion, or sex... at least not at the dinner table, was the standard rule of thumb for social acceptable conversational etiquette. Don't divulge your age, or talk about
"Money has long been the biggest taboo much more than sex " says Kerry Sulkowicz, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in New York City who now consults for big businesses. "That was always the case when I saw patients. They would all readily talk about their sexual fantasies but not their money."
Will the real Pinocchio please stand up?
One in five Americans has lied about their income, the Country Financial Survey also found.
Americans are squeamish about money mainly because "we are frightened by money", according to Steve Siebold, author of the book How Rich People Think (London House Supply, 2010). Indeed, Country Financial's survey of 3,000 adults nationwide found that, on average, 1 in 3 of us are scared to check our own checking accounts.
"The middle class, in particular, does not like to talk about their finances, because they're living in a world of constant worry" says Siebold, a multi-millionaire. "Many believe that rich people are lucky or dishonest." He believes that the biblical passage stating that the love of money is the root of all evil has been misquoted and misinterpreted by many who think that money itself is the root of all evil. "As a result of poor programming and ignorance, the masses are infected with the disease of focusing on lack and limitation regarding money and are uneducated about what it means to be wealthy, " says Siebold.