Why We Shouldn’t Push A Positive Mindset On Those In Poverty

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“The apparent failure of self-regulation… is not a psychological impairment, but an adaptive response to having little actual control over one’s future.” Social psychologist Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington posits that the brains of those with little power work differently. For example, those in poverty who smoke find it hard to give it up because they have more pressing matters at hand, like workplace-related health issues and fruitless job hunts. The future benefits of quitting are so far out of reach that they focus on its present benefits instead. Read full article here

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