The Meandering Social Worker

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How poverty affects decision making

This article by Linda Tirado has already gone ‘viral’ but is worth sharing again.  In it Linda Tirado articulates very well how poverty affects decision making in a way that, from the outside, might be seen as exacerbating the problem of poverty.  What is often overlooked is her point that when there is no hope of significantly changing your wealth status you might as well make the most of today; when what you are told is healthier is more expensive or takes longer or introduces other problems then it makes sense to ignore the advice and take the ‘best option’ given the circumstances.

 

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