Six financial personality types — which one are you?

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RT @RobertCialdini: If we know which type we are, we might be able to change bad financial behaviors.

Do you have a friend who always insists on picking up the bill at social gatherings? Their extreme generosity may not stem from huge wealth, but from status anxiety.

Or are you the sort of person who obsessively checks their bank balance or investment portfolio? You may feel like a spreadsheet superhero, but in fact, you could be overcompensating for a lack of control elsewhere in your life.

Perhaps you consider yourself a budgeting champion because you are so good at grabbing bargains online. Yet if discounts drive you to spend money on things you don’t need, your shopping habits could signify loneliness, or a lack of self-esteem.

Financial psychology is a somewhat overlooked discipline that occupies the space between psychology and behavioural economics. Advertisers