A typical cycle of abuse is a rise in tension, followed by an explosion, followed by what’s called the “hearts and flowers” stage

The Woman’s Aid report on abuse highlights signs to look out for and advice on leaving

‘Many people have panic attacks. It doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

In an edited extract from his new book, psychotherapist Padraig O’Morain describes key causes of worry and mindful techniques for (...)

The bottom line is that, as they age, men and women should not take their social relationships for granted.

Families can sometimes be overbearing, so keeping a social network is important

Apple founder was so hurtful and aggressive he got fired from his own company

Men are not immune to suffering, and the reality of physical abuse goes far beyond gendered stereotypes

Is the pursuit of excellence destroying our quality of life? I was left asking myself this question by three very different source(...)

Most people would think that young people – and not only females – who become utterly drunk make easier prey

New research shows that cultivating a sense of gratitude could make us happier and healthier, says Padraig O’Morain

In many respects, that’s what the whole boredom thing is about: an inability to be okay with being with yourself. Odd, isn’t it, that we find ourselves so boring that we desperately rush to get away?

What I find intriguing about boredom is the urgency with which we run away from it

In a study of 40 men, 19 had attempted suicide after they were raped, says Padraig O’Morain

It’s difficult to believe now, but in the 1960s transistor radios created a sense of unease among the people in charge, says Padra(...)

People suffering from ‘ideal self’ syndrome are in good company – we all do it, says Padraig O’Morain

For decades gay people in Ireland were invisible and could not contemplate coming out

It’s wrong to assume men are some sort of inferior robotic beings who lack empathy, says Padraig O’Morain

Padraig O’Morain on life and all its regrets

In 2013, more than 2,000 men reported almost 8,000 incidents of domestic abuse to the organisation Amen

Abused men often cover up for their partners in the hope that the abuse will end and they do not want to leave the kids with a vio(...)

Unrealistic positive thinking can be dangerous and unhelpful: instead  focus on good relationships, realistic goals, and on a sense of compassion towards a self that sometimes works well but is often faulty. Photograph: Thinkstock

Research shows importance of being realistic about personal goals and expectations

Advances in technology de-skill us in ways we never imagined

On my 29th birthday I sat on a bench in St Stephen’s Green and said, “I don’t want to be in this job this time next year.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

I discovered quickly that most of us don’t actually know what we want, except when it comes to goods and services

 American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer will make screening for mental health issues a condition for retaining accreditation for cancer treatment centres. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

American Psychological Association says coping with distress improves patient outcome

Padraig O’Morain on his irrational objection to other people getting older

Twelve years ago nobody wanted to hear groups such as Focus Ireland, Simon or Threshold complaining. The country was in the upward spiral of a boom. Who needed to listen?

Padraig O’Morain believes the factors that pushed people into wretched living conditions go back 12 years

Male stereotypes work against men in ways that perhaps are not always recognised.

Everything in the garden is not rosy for men – more men than women take their lives worldwide, by a big majority

Men don’t have to become women and women don’t have to become men but we could all learn from one another

Rumination is going over and over the same distressing thoughts and images. It is associated with depression and stress

Tips to help you negotiate this emotional minefield with the minimum of upset

Feeling sorry for ourselves is a tiresome habit we should avoid

The need for ‘cognitive closure’ may drive some young westerners into Islamic extremism, says psychologist Arie Kruglanski

Sometimes we men forget that, while it’s important to do gardening and work around the house, it’s the children who really drain p(...)

Furtive: the appeal of ‘sexting’ may have to do with its secretive nature and the human capacity to get a physical kick from language. Photograph: Thinkstock

Erotic letters have long been popular. New technology just means they arrive faster

Some people may have put their memories aside to enable them to get on with their lives

Reduce relapses into depression by teaching people to break the link between feeling bad and ruminating.

The religious were supposed to represent a God who preached love, and yet many showed no compassion

Risk-taking and sensitivity to peer group pressure is a direct result of their stage of brain development

An image from the Department of Education as part of an anti-bullying campaign.

Researchers are looking into links between sadists and the behaviour of online trolls

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