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The increasing materialism of the UK has not simply undermined individuals' life satisfaction but also increased income differentials. This rising inequality may well be at the root of growing social and health problems. As we set out in this section, this inequality does not only damage the poor, it affects everyone.

Negative stereotyping can have a profound effect not only on how particular groups of individuals see themselves but also their capabilities and their well-being.

Psychologists have argued for years that choice is important for human functioning and well-being and so it is. But too much choice is not good either and can seriously detract from, rather than enhance, well-being.

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