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

What is going on with men who emotionally abuse women? I wondered this for the thousandth time when reading the latest Women’s Aid report on domest(...)

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

These eight worries are representative of issues brought to me by people participating in my mindfulness workshops and courses over the years. In o(...)

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

Today’s older people are, it seems to me, pretty good at paying attention to their general physical health and fitness. But it’s worth knowing that pa(...)

I was taken aback recently to read that 41 per cent of workers in the US don’t use up all of their holiday time. This is on top of the fact that 23 pe(...)

I once knew a man of whom the most frequently used description was “ignorant”. If you got a grunt out of him, you would be doing well. He was one of t(...)

Going through old photographs after my mother’s death, I came across a picture of her father, William Murphy, who lived in Caragh, near Naas in Co (...)

I had not heard of feminazis for some time until I saw the term in a tweet recently. I think the phrase used was “jackbooted feminazis” which is how i(...)

Watching a soap recently in which a female character slapped a man hard across the face to express her disapproval, I wondered how this lazy old stere(...)

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

Now and then public figures come under attack for pointing out that young people, and especially women, may be more vulnerable to assault when they(...)