The Independent: Lindsay Richards & Patrick Prag: Being born working class is bad for your health and moving up the social ladder doesn’t compensate
The line that caught my eye was towards the end. “Your current class matters, and your class during childhood matters, but mobility itself does not cause the wear and tear that is bad for your health.” You carry who you are as a child with you to the very end. What the article doesn’t address is how being poor effects your psychology. Not two hours ago a wrote a note to myself. I was thinking about a character. The note reads “psychological damage of being poor,” followed by a question. “What does being poor do to your self confidence?” For me the “stress” of social mobility is insignificant when compared to the strength you need to overcome the psychology of being poor, or more specifically the damage being poor does to your mental health.