09/25/2008 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

How To Cope With Overcrowding

Overcrowding affects us all. Whether it's the trauma of the daily commute on trains and tubes, getting stuck in a Bank Holiday traffic jam, the long waiting times in overstretched hospitals, or the schools we can't get our children into, overcrowding touches our lives in so many ways.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that population density in England is already almost double that of Germany and four times the figure for France. By 2056 our population will have grown from 60 million to 68 million - 1,349 people stuffed into every square mile.

So, what does this mean for our psyche? What are the emotional effects of living on a small island with a rapidly burgeoning population, and, what, if anything, can we do about it?

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