poverty

On one hand, the Covid-19 crisis immediately levelled many existing inequalities within society, suddenly rendering everyone at risk. People, rich or poor, were drawn together around their shared sense of responsibility to one another. Previously unseen members of society...

Of all the tools and skills acquired as a practicing psychologist, the most important is empathy. Empathy is the magic dust which, when sprinkled liberally, allows exciting things to happen. Rigid, dictatorial systems limber up and start thinking about a person’s behaviour as...

The Park family reside high up in an angular and pristine house. Everyone walks around in slippers on stretches of stone and wooden flooring; it looks barely lived in. As the Kims run back to their home, the camera pans as they glide downhill, downstairs, moving perpetually...

The British Psychological Society theme for 2020 – 'From poverty to flourishing' – caught my attention recently, reminding me of a true story of resilience based in Singapore. It is...

Shelter recently released a shocking report which found that a child becomes homeless every eight minutes in Britain – equivalent to 183 per day...

For a ‘rich’ country, by global standards, the UK has an awful lot of people who are not. Fourteen million people – one fifth of the population – live in poverty. Of these, four million are more than 50 per cent below the poverty line, and 1.5 million are classed as destitute...

In the run up to the election the British Psychological Society has published a psychological manifesto, calling for all political parties to consider how psychological evidence and expertise can...

More than four million children are amongst the 14 million people living in poverty in the UK, the world’s fifth largest economy. Given the well-documented physical and psychological effects this can have, the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) Senate has voted to make...

Looking at the behaviour of people living in poverty could lead to the conclusion that the poor behave very badly, said Professor Eldar Shafir (Princeton University). People living in poverty have poor adherence to drugs, take out multiple high-interest payday loans, are...