Why We’ll Never Get Rid of Our Money Anxieties

Get That Money is an exploration of the many ways we think about our finances — what we earn, what we have, and what we want.

I have been through phases when I could not bear to look at my credit-card balance. I knew I was spending more than I could justify, but even thinking about the numbers triggered stomach aches and self-flagellation. Money, and the issues around money, are notoriously anxiety-provoking, and my unhealthy coping mechanism was aggressive avoidance — a more slow-simmering form of agita that merely (and literally) compounded the problem.

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