Thursday, June 13, 2019

Freeing Scrooge

You’ve most likely heard of Mr. Scrooge. He’s a familiar figure in Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol.”


Scrooge was significantly wealthy. Yet he’s extremely frugal, an under-spender. He lived in a dreary home he refused to heat, ate meager meals, and deprived himself of basic comforts.

Like the over-spender, the under-spender such as Scrooge, has a painful past. In Dicken’s story, Scrooge lived with an abusive father during childhood filled with poverty and want.

To escape the emotional pain of his past, Scrooge turned miser. He became a slave to consuming his emotional energies in accumulating money while contriving a life of poverty.

Scrooge’s Story shows an extreme in human nature. For him, spending or giving away money is like losing a relationship or love. No amount of money can heal his painful childhood past.

Scrooge was freed, healed eventually. Dramatically healed. In the story, it took an insightful visit to his past to free him.

Money is neutral. It’s just an idea, as Robert Kiyosaki put it. But it’s very psychological in the way it can influence our minds.

Many children of rich or poor families can gravitate to the extreme unhealed especially when they’ve experienced first-hand their parents’ irrational fears, behaviors, or money disorders.

Like other psychological disorders, money disorders are closely linked to thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that we picked up and observed in adults when we were children.