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

We generally assume positive thinking is good for us. Usually it is – but research on a link between a certain type of positive thinking and suicid(...)

Computerised cars provide, I think, as good a symbol as any of the de-skilling of men and women, but especially of men.If, like me, you are intrigued (...)

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

‘When I come back,” Malcolm would announce before leaving for lunch, “I don’t want that rack of coats there and I don’t want those dresses here and I (...)

If you’re joining the many people who give up drinking for January, the following thoughts and perspectives might help you to get through it more e(...)

 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

If you have had a diagnosis of cancer, you might think that looking after your emotional distress is an optional extra when it comes to your treatment(...)

I recently attended a Christmas party for staff and contributors to a newspaper for which I used to be a reporter, and which shall remain nameless.(...)

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?

It seems to me that the true heroes at Christmas are the men and women who live in B&Bs and hotels but who make something special of the day for t(...)

‘Sit in any room in any building and it is fairly certain that it was built by men. If the room and building are warm, accommodating and comfortable i(...)

I felt like cheering when I read that a man in the UK had become the first to be jailed by the courts there for posting “revenge porn”.The practice of(...)

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

A young woman sits alone in a railway station waiting room, crying. After a while, a passenger goes over to ask if she can help. Soon the young woman (...)