Where do you belong?

In a fast moving world, a sense of belonging has never been more important.

Dr Kelly Ann Allen


Dr Kelly-Ann Allen

Dr Kelly-Ann Allen, PhD is an educational and developmental psychologist, fellow of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists and honorary senior fellow of the University of Melbourne. With more than ten years’ experience as a school psychologist, she currently combines her expertise as a practitioner with her academic research interests in the area of belonging and social inclusion. 

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The Psychology of Belonging

Can a sense of belonging increase life satisfaction? Why do we sometimes feel lonely? How can we sustain lasting human connections?

The Psychology of Belonging explores why feeling like we belong is so important throughout our lives, from childhood to old age, irrespective of culture, race, or geography. With its virtues and shortcomings, belonging to groups such as families, social groups, schools, workplaces, and communities, is fundamental to our identity and wellbeing, even in a time where technology has changed the way we connect with each other.

In a world where loneliness and social isolation is on the rise, The Psychology of Belonging shows how meaningful connections can build a sense of belonging for all of us.

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