Have you heard of "present bias"? It's not wanting a jumper for your birthday rather than a bottle of wine, it's a behavioural economics term for a self-delusion that everyone suffers from to some extent. It affects many areas of life and one of the most important is making poor decisions about money - present bias makes it easy to get into debt and much harder to climb out. All too often we … [Read more...]
The psychology of debt
Advertisers spend a lot of time and money working out how to persuade you to spend lots of money - that may well be how you got into debt in the first place! If you find out a bit about how your mind works, it may help you spot the mental traps that stop you from getting out of debt.