What Love's Got to Do with Your Finances

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Emotions aren't supposed to have anything to do with money — at least that's the ideal, in theory. But humans are messy, and our feelings get everywhere, including our pocketbooks. If you think you've been making calculated and rational choices about your spending all this time, it might be time to think again.


Researchers at the University of Arizona have just released a study on the financial implications of your romantic attachment style. If you ever took an Intro to Psych class, you may remember this theory, that we all form bonds along a spectrum of behavior, from attachment anxiety (clingy) to attachment avoidance (aloof). People with avoidant attachment styles tended to say they were unhappy in their relationships and in life overall, but in a surprise finding, they also tended to express unhappiness with their financial satisfaction.

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The "clingy" types didn't escape unscathed either: "[T]he study found that those with high attachment anxiety and those with high attachment avoidance engaged in more irresponsible financial behaviors. They also perceived their partners' financial behaviors as being irresponsible." Sometimes this translates into literally trying to buy a partner's love, by showering them with purchases. (No word on whether attachment styles factor into conspicuous consumption or status aggression.)


Ultimately, no matter how you pair up with other people, the best way to relieve money stress is to get comfortable talking about it. After all, being single is expensive — but being sensible might just land you the one you've been looking for.