Moira Somers: Why we get so stressed about money

Posted by Robin Powell on December 3, 2018

Moira Somers: Why we get so stressed about money

“Regardless of income level,” says Dr Moira Somers in the latest TEBI Podcast, “in survey after survey on the causes of mental stress, money tops the list every time, beating relationships, health or job concerns. We tend to stress about money to an extraordinary degree.”

Exploring why we get so stressed about it and, crucially, what we can do about it, is an ambitious challenge in a 25-minute interview, but we nevertheless attempted it.

Moira Somers is a behavioural psychologist, based in Winnipeg in Manitoba. She also advises individuals and organisations about personal finance, and she also works as a consultant to the financial services sector.

In this interview, she explains why so many people put off investing for retirement and making important financial decisions (her academic expertise, appropriately, is in procrastination).

She also discusses how women invest differently to men, why investors need to be more self-compassionate, the value of hiring a financial planner, and what parents could be doing to help their children to develop a healthy relationship with money.

You can listen to the podcast on iTunes or SoundCloud. Do let us have your thoughts on what Dr Somers has to day, and if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review.


Financial advisers may also be interested in this podcast for our sister blog, Adviser 2.0, in which Dr Somers discusses her book, Advice that Sticks: How to Give Financial Advice that People will Follow:

This content is supported by Hillfolio

Robin Powell

Robin is a journalist and campaigner for positive change in global investing. He runs Regis Media, a niche provider of content marketing for financial advice firms with an evidence-based investment philosophy. He also works as a consultant to other disruptive firms in the investing sector.


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