ISBN: 9781948244138

Emotional Poverty in all Demographics


ISBN: 9781948244138
Author(s) : Dr. Ruby K. Payne
SKU: 9781948244138
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How to Reduce Anger, Anxiety and Violence in the Classroom

School safety is now a primary concern for educators, who are increasingly frustrated by confrontations over students’ disruptive and unproductive behaviours. But information about the emotional sources of this behaviour is lacking, as are tools for managing behaviour.

 – Consequences will always be needed, but we can change the approach

In Emotional Poverty, brain and developmental science change the conversation. Payne discusses what motivates good behaviour and the underlying emotional causes of unsafe/disruptive behaviour.

Educators will learn to:

  • Create safer classrooms by reducing “less than” and “separate from” experiences for students
  • Teach students about a regulated, integrated brain and how to calm themselves
  • Help build strong inner selves in students through validation
  • Identify and address insecure, emotionally unbonded students
  • Be aware of our own emotional realities as we promote the safety and well-being of students


  • Emotional Poverty is a road map that provides clear conceptual frameworks, lightning-like insights, immediate concrete tactics, illustrative examples and stories, and effective strategies” – Jack Moye, Ed.D., Educational Consultant, Richmond, VA
  • Current events reverberate in today’s classrooms in ways that have shattered the sense of safety for students and adults. This thoughtful book provides critical strategies just when we need them most” – Rebecca Kaatz, School Associate Superintendent, Clark County School District, Las Vegas, NV
  • Most active shooters in schools, if not the majority of active shooters in public spaces, have striking similarities across the board. Many of these similarities are discussed in this book – Gary Rudick, Former Chief of Tulsa Public Schools Campus Police, Current Member of the Oklahoma Commission on School Security

 – Developing a culture of caring and support isn’t expensive. Every school district has the resources to address emotional poverty – 

Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D.’s trailblazing efforts to address the needs of under-resourced learners have served hundreds of thousands of educators at all levels. She is the founder and CEO of aha! Process.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction – Emotional Poverty
    • What is emotional poverty? How does it impact your classroom?
  • Chapter 1: The Unregulated, Unintegrated Brain
    • Why do students explode? Why are they out of control?
  • Chapter 2: Self-Construction and the Inner Self
    • What causes behaviour? What motivates bad (uncompassionate) behaviour?
  • Chapter 3: Bonding and Attachment
    • Why do discipline strategies work with some students and not with others?
  • Chapter 4: Weak Bonding and Attachment
    • How does feeling ‘less than’ and ‘separate from’ create anger, anxiety, avoidance, resentment, shame, guilt, humiliation, violence, and revenge?
  • Chapter 5: Gender Issues
    • Why do I have so many discipline referrals for males? Why do they shut down and quit?
  • Chapter 6: The Emotional Classroom Dance
    • Why is there so much emotional noise in the classroom? Especially before and after holidays?
  • Chapter 7: More Factors in Emotional Development
    • How might additional factors in the external environment contribute to emotional poverty?
  • Chapter 8: Validation
    • How do I motivate good (compassionate) behaviours? How do I identify the behaviours that can only be managed and not changed?
  • Chapter 9: Managing Your Life
    • How do I keep my emotional stability as an educator?
  • Chapter 10: What We Can Do
    • What does all of this mean for my classroom and for my life?
  • Endnotes; Appendices; Bibliography; Acknowledgement; Index; About the Author

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