Money is a real thing, but our brains don’t really think its real! There is a lot of scientific research to support the idea that our primitive minds (yep, they are still pretty primitive) have no real concept of success or money for its own sake. Since I have been inundated for half my life with very weird and somewhat confusing New Age ideas about what makes one “successful” and what helps you make money (ways I really don’t agree with morally or ethically) I thought it would be super cool to bring you some science today about money & your brain.
If you are looking for some wisdom to create prosperity or stability or organization, this data can rock your world! (it did mine!)
The article that inspired me to open up this topic to all of you today is from Psychology Today, titled Prime Your Gray Cells: Wiring your brain for happiness and success by Teresa Aubele, Ph.D., and Susan Reynolds. I highly encourage you to read it- its quite an eye opener!
If you are confused about why you can’t get past a certain place in your financial life, you might have no concept of what wealth means to you. You may have no neurological concept of prosperity in a financial sense. You may have fear motivating your choices. All of these ideas have been studied in depth. All can be “unlearned” and that is so liberating. Our brains are amazing!!!
Also, I want to be clear that I am not interested in promoting greed. There’s plenty to go around, and you don’t need to obsess about “having things” at the expense of your life and what matters sincerely (your health, family, relationships, morals, you know, big things you shouldn’t sacrifice to make a buck!). I have never seen big greed end well, anyway.
Now to the fun brain science!
“Before you go charging off, here’s a list of bad news vs. good news to round out what you fundamentally need to know about your brain and money: