The central conflict in social exclusion

If those affected by social exclusion could change their circumstances, they would


Circumstances beyond their control

The social exclusion process generally starts some time after someone has experienced a traumatic event in their lives, a change of circumstances, a social issue, a change in someone's identity (such as moving into a new community, coming out with a new sexual orientation or a change in gender identity) or they may already be vulnerable to social exclusion simply for being who they are, the disabled and ethnic minorities are obvious examples.

Generally there is a lack of accessible opportunities for them to be able to try out new things or become involved in social interaction and make new friends, and there can be numerous barriers - practical, financial, social, emotional and psychological which can also create difficulties and barriers which are insurmountable.

Practical solutions often don't work

Practical solutions such as giving someone somewhere to live if they are homeless, giving someone money or giving someone a job usually don't work unless they can lead directly to someone being able to halt and reverse effectively the process of social exclusion. Such solutions only change the current circumstances of the person who is socially excluded, they don't address any of the underlying issues which social exclusion creates and unless the affected person can manage to successfully exploit the change in circumstances for their benefit may actually make the situation much worse.

This is because the person is struggling to respond to their circumstances but is failing, which can very quickly lead to feelings of inadequacy and failure, a loss of self-esteem and self-confidence, a lack of confidence in other people and their motives, therefore trust issues, and can very quickly lead to anxiety disorders, depression, other issues including suicide.

Integration strategies also don't work

Integration strategies based on an external model of conditionality and pushing or even forcing the person affected by social exclusion, whether it be through certain forms of therapy and psychotherapy (such as CBT or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), or using strategies based on fear motivation as currently employed by the Department of Work and Pensions tend to exacerbate the process of social exclusion and make it work because they force the affected individual to conform to a solution which is usually not compatible with one developed from their pathway of emotional and cognitive development and does not address the root cause of social exclusion which is the inability of the left cerebral hemisphere of the brain to transform energy to lower frequencies.