Conclusion And Contraindication

The availability of a physical object on which to project one's psychology allows group members to talk about money in displacement, which can decrease anxiety and open the door for a richer discussion. The physical objects themselves are easy to remember and can often act as a group metaphor, which can be referred to again and again.

It has been my experience that this exercise does not elicit any contraindications. Money was a part of our past, is a part of our present, and will be a part of our future as long as we are alive.


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