His recent books

Numb (2021)


We live in an information age. Smartphone apps, cable news channels, emails, and dating sites are actively working to steal our attention through crafty (yet artificial) rewards, push notifications, and in many cases, opinion disguised as fact. This information age has created a scarcity of our attention, one where our success as problem-solvers, partners, and citizens is no longer dictated by the amount of information we have access, but rather, by our ability to comprehend, sort, and make sense of all of it. It can be overwhelming. At the same time, many of us are also seeking attention, mainly through our own form of “attention panhandling” on social media through selfies, likes, and echo chambers. Rather than tools used for productivity and authenticity, the screens in front of us have become our destination, holding our attention for hours per day at the expense of so many other parts of our daily lives. 

In Numb, author Dr. Charles R. Chaffin outlines many of the challenges of this information age, including confirmation bias, FOMO, tribalism, choice overload, instant gratification, and a host of other unintended (and sometimes intended) consequences of this digital world. Numb answers:

·       How do we use social media as a tool for deeper connections as opposed to our “social destination?”

·       How do we extricate ourselves from many of our habits of distraction? 

·       How do we separate fact from opinion and substance from sensationalism to become better-informed voters and citizens?

·       How do we make good choices when technology presents an endless supply of options?

·       How do we remain compassionate when we are constantly barraged with images and videos of pain and suffering?

·       What is the impact of selfies, porn, and outrage on our daily life? 

Through interviews with over 60 therapists, researchers, and everyday people, Chaffin offers fun and thought-provoking ways that we can manage all of this information towards authentic and meaningful experiences.  Ideal for anyone who’s been affected by today’s digital world, Numb will earn a place in the libraries of everyone who wants to use technology as a tool for empowerment, instead of a constant (and seemingly never-ending) distraction.

Psychology of Financial Planning: The Practitioner’s Guide to Money and Behavior

In Psychology of Financial Planning: The Practitioner’s Guide to Money and Behavior, distinguished authors Drs. Brad Klontz, CFP®, Charles Chaffin, and Ted Klontz deliver a comprehensive overview of the psychological factors that impact the financial planning client.

Designed for both professional and academic audiences, Psychology of Financial Planning is written for those with 30 years in practice as well as those just beginning their journey.

With a focus on how psychology can be applied to real-world financial planning scenarios, Psychology of Financial Planning provides a much-needed toolbox for practicing financial planners who know that understanding their client’s psychology is critical to their ability to be effective.

The Psychology of Financial Planning is also a much-needed resource for academic institutions who now need to educate their students in the CFP Board’s newest category of learning objectives: psychology of financial planning.  

Topics include:

– Why we are bad with money

– Client and planner attitudes, values, & biases

– Financial flashpoints, money scripts, and financial behaviors

– Behavioral finance

– Sources of money conflict

– Principles of counseling

– Multicultural competence in financial planning

– General principles of effective communication

– Helping clients navigate crisis events

– Assessment in financial planning

– Ethical considerations in the psychology of financial planning

– Getting clients to take action

– Integrating financial psychology into the financial planning process 

Psychology of Financial Planning goes beyond just theory to show how practitioners can use psychology to better serve their clients.  The accompanying workbook provides exercises, scripts, and workshop activities for firms and practitioners who are dedicated to engaging and implementing the content in meaningful ways.

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