“Debt Diet” - Financial Trouble can be related to our Thoughts and
March 10th, 2006
Today Oprah had
her third show in the “Debt Diet” series. It was a very difficult
show to watch as a psychotherapist Dr. Robin digs below the surface
of two of the families that are struggling with their financial
At times it was
difficult to watch, you know that these people were so humiliated by
their financial situation and you know they didn’t want to cry on
national TV. But it took a lot of courage to confront their
financial problems in a big way.
The first family
told their immediate family and friends of the financial troubles
they were having. It is a step to acknowledge that you have a
problem. The problem with debt is that it is something that people
don’t share or want to acknowledge. Debt is embarrassing and
humiliating for most people.
Oprah pointed out
that financial problems are the number one reason for divorce. The
psychotherapist said that couples need to work on improving
communication skills. That means that we don’t need to withdraw or
become defensive. Learning to acknowledge that we are part of the
problem is a step to fixing financial problems. You can’t always
blame the other person as it is often a family problem.
partner will not stand up to the other in order to spare the
fighting. This can be dangerous and can cause partners to divide
and lose the connection. Somehow you have to discuss the financial
problem in a civilized manor. This could be accomplished with a
therapist. If you are both realizing that there are financial
problems, it could be done without the help of a referee.
You could be
spending your money on your kids or fancy things that are not
needed. You might have the feeling of self entitlement. It can be
frustrating to go without things and with credit cards so handy, it
is easy to fall into bad habits that get you into debt.
If you realize
that you can cut back and survive it, you will become a stronger
person in the end. Even though the families on Oprah’s show were of
a middle class income, these principals of working on your attitude
can be applied to all income levels.
There are times
that we spend money on frivolous items and we try to justify why we
do this. Sometimes we might feel guilty and other times we feel
entitled, but if we don’t have the money to pay for it, eventually
it will become a big problem with debt. The sooner you can pull out
of debt the better off you will be.
Diet” series continues for another show on March 24th.
You can visit Oprah.com website for more information on the shows.
Our website has a
special topic section that covers a wide range of money management
topics to help you get out of debt. Becoming active in solving your
debt and financial problems is one of the first steps to getting out
of the crisis you may be in.
Best Syndication Staff Writer
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