Friday, May 25, 2007

What words/emotions do you associate with money/finance?

I have received the first 119 responses to my survey about couples and money and the results are interesting so far. One of the things that really stood out is the question where people list the 5 words that they associate with money/finance. Seeing how others view money in always an eye opener. I'll post the full results once I've had a chance to play the numbers, but here is a glimpse. (If you don't want or don't qualify to fill out the survey, leave your 5 words here in the comments.)

Note:

  • Several people used security and stress more than once in their answer
  • Several people included contrary words (fear and happiness) in their answers
  • I combined words that are substantially similar (ex: happy/happiness or stress/stressful)
Question: Which are the top 5 emotions/words you associate with money?

In order of most mentioned:

31
security
17
freedom
17
stress
14
fear
14
happiness
9
power
8
fun
8
worry
6
frustrating
6
greed
6
necessity
6
safety
5
comfort
5
excitement
5
Independance
5
joy
5
stability
5
time consuming
5
work
4
flexibility
4
hope
4
important
4
invest
4
luxury
4
relief
4
savings
3
anger
3
anxiety
3
challenging
3
debt
3
dread
3
enjoy
3
future
3
generosity
3
guilt
3
hate
3
opportunity
3
Peace of mind
3
responsibility
3
sadness
3
spending
3
tool
2
annoyance
2
caution
2
confidence
2
confusing
2
content
2
control
2
Enough
2
Envy
2
house
2
jealousy
2
Living
2
needs
2
never enough
2
options
2
patience
2
Peace
2
planning
2
reward
2
satisfaction
2
Scary
2
status
2
Success
2
travel
2
wants vs. needs
2
wealth
1
"make more, spend more"
1
Abundance
1
acheivement
1
Addictive
1
adventure
1
always feels like I'm doing something underhanded when I want to buy something that isnt a 'necessity'
1
ARRGH
1
aspirations
1
asset
1
assurance
1
backup
1
bills
1
bit-by-bit
1
boring
1
Broke
1
budget
1
Burden
1
can we.
1
car
1
choices
1
cold
1
conflict
1
controversial
1
Create memories
1
credit
1
deadlines
1
decent life
1
demise
1
depression
1
desire
1
Difficult
1
disappointment
1
dispair
1
Distrust
1
divisive
1
dollars
1
dreams
1
Drowning
1
drudgery
1
ehh?
1
embarassment
1
emergency
1
empowerment
1
enabler
1
evil
1
ex wife
1
food
1
Frightening
1
Fulfilling
1
Fundamental to lifestyle
1
goals
1
Good
1
Grease
1
groan....
1
Growth
1
hard to learn about
1
hassle
1
havingness
1
headache
1
Helpful.
1
I dont associate emotion with money it is simply something you need a certain amount of to live a certain lifestyle
1
I'm pretty emtionless about it at this point, but that's because I've conquered the FEAR.
1
inflation
1
insecurity
1
insincerity
1
it's-only-money
1
legacy
1
leisure
1
Logic
1
love
1
Major frustration in my life and that of my wifes life.
1
Management
1
market
1
more
1
My time's more valuable than my money. We have plenty.
1
no worries
1
None
1
none of it is emotional
1
now what??
1
numbers
1
obligation
1
Obsessiveness
1
open
1
optimistic
1
over-emphasized
1
over-rated
1
overspending
1
Pain
1
pain in the ass because we are always struggling
1
Partnership
1
passion
1
philanthropy
1
pity
1
Pleasure
1
poor
1
positiviy
1
possibilities
1
Potential
1
preferable future
1
pressure
1
Pride
1
priority
1
protection
1
quality of life
1
question
1
regret
1
Required
1
resource
1
respect
1
retirement
1
rich
1
righteous
1
rip-off
1
root of all evil
1
secrecy
1
self-assured
1
self-control
1
Sensitive
1
speculation
1
stewardship
1
survival
1
sweet
1
taxes
1
tedious
1
tentative
1
the Future
1
the root of all evil
1
thief
1
This recently changed from emotions such as fear and dread to empowerment and security.
1
thrifty
1
Tough
1
tricky
1
ugg...
1
useful
1
value
1
want
1
We don't need a lot of "stuff" so we don't need a lot of money.
1
weight
1
well-being
1
Without direction

In alphabetical order:

1
"make more, spend more"
1
Abundance
1
acheivement
1
Addictive
1
adventure
1
always feels like I'm doing something underhanded when I want to buy something that isnt a 'necessity'
3
anger
2
annoyance
3
anxiety
1
ARRGH
1
aspirations
1
asset
1
assurance
1
backup
1
bills
1
bit-by-bit
1
boring
1
Broke
1
budget
1
Burden
1
can we.
1
car
2
caution
3
challenging
1
choices
1
cold
5
comfort
2
confidence
1
conflict
2
confusing
2
content
2
control
1
controversial
1
Create memories
1
credit
1
deadlines
3
debt
1
decent life
1
demise
1
depression
1
desire
1
Difficult
1
disappointment
1
dispair
1
Distrust
1
divisive
1
dollars
3
dread
1
dreams
1
Drowning
1
drudgery
1
ehh?
1
embarassment
1
emergency
1
empowerment
1
enabler
3
enjoy
2
Enough
2
Envy
1
evil
1
ex wife
5
excitement
14
fear
4
flexibility
1
food
17
freedom
1
Frightening
6
frustrating
1
Fulfilling
8
fun
1
Fundamental to lifestyle
3
future
3
generosity
1
goals
1
Good
1
Grease
6
greed
1
groan....
1
Growth
3
guilt
14
happiness
1
hard to learn about
1
hassle
3
hate
1
havingness
1
headache
1
Helpful.
4
hope
2
house
1
I dont associate emotion with money it is simply something you need a certain amount of to live a certain lifestyle
1
I'm pretty emtionless about it at this point, but that's because I've conquered the FEAR.
4
important
5
Independance
1
inflation
1
insecurity
1
insincerity
4
invest
1
it's-only-money
2
jealousy
5
joy
1
legacy
1
leisure
2
Living
1
Logic
1
love
4
luxury
1
Major frustration in my life and that of my wifes life.
1
Management
1
market
1
more
1
My time's more valuable than my money. We have plenty.
6
necessity
2
needs
2
never enough
1
no worries
1
None
1
none of it is emotional
1
now what??
1
numbers
1
obligation
1
Obsessiveness
1
open
3
opportunity
1
optimistic
2
options
1
over-emphasized
1
over-rated
1
overspending
1
Pain
1
pain in the ass because we are always struggling
1
Partnership
1
passion
2
patience
2
Peace
3
Peace of mind
1
philanthropy
1
pity
2
planning
1
Pleasure
1
poor
1
positiviy
1
possibilities
1
Potential
9
power
1
preferable future
1
pressure
1
Pride
1
priority
1
protection
1
quality of life
1
question
1
regret
4
relief
1
Required
1
resource
1
respect
3
responsibility
1
retirement
2
reward
1
rich
1
righteous
1
rip-off
1
root of all evil
3
sadness
6
safety
2
satisfaction
4
savings
2
Scary
1
secrecy
31
security
1
self-assured
1
self-control
1
Sensitive
1
speculation
3
spending
5
stability
2
status
1
stewardship
17
stress
2
Success
1
survival
1
sweet
1
taxes
1
tedious
1
tentative
1
the Future
1
the root of all evil
1
thief
1
This recently changed from emotions such as fear and dread to empowerment and security.
1
thrifty
5
time consuming
3
tool
1
Tough
2
travel
1
tricky
1
ugg...
1
useful
1
value
1
want
2
wants vs. needs
1
We don't need a lot of "stuff" so we don't need a lot of money.
2
wealth
1
weight
1
well-being
1
Without direction
5
work
8
worry

1 comments:

Fabulously Broke in the City said...

It's interesting to see how one topic can generate such a wide spectrum of words ranging from joy and freedom to stress and "ARRGH"..