Goal setting to kick habits such as overindulging in wine should be SMART: S = Specific, M= Measurable; A = Attainable; R = Relevant and T = Time-bound

It was a fitting finale to eight weeks of interesting public talks. Nenagh GP Dr Pat Harrold’s talk on breaking bad habits went down well, to cap off (...)

Four seconds is long enough to suffer from someone’s rudeness or bad behaviour. Photograph: Thinkstock

I heard about a new rule last week, a four-second rule. It might take a while to get used to putting it into practice, but I’m open to embracing it! I(...)

‘Parents may not want to hear this, but the average age of children accessing porn is 11 years old,’ says Trish Murphy,

Parents need to start talking to children from as young as 11 or 12 years old about pornography, a leading therapist has said. “Parents may not want t(...)

More than one in ten men who responded to The Irish Times sex survey said they used online pornography every day. Photograph: Thinkstock

The Irish Times sex survey was conducted on irishtimes.com over the course of a week in June 2015. A total of 12,639 participants completed the sur(...)

Pornography: For those who use it daily, porn can cause huge difficulty. It often takes over their thoughts and lives. Photograph: Thinkstock

Rachel thought she had “a healthy view of sex and pornography”, before her partner became a porn addict. “He pulled me down into a darkness that ma(...)

If you or your partner use a phone, a tablet or a laptop in bed, how does it affect your sex life? The answer is surprising. Only three out of (...)

Body confidence: women grow happier with their bodies as they get older, with 59 per cent of women aged 50-64 feeling happy. Photograph: Getty Images

Men are happier with their body image than women are, and the older men get the more pleased with themselves they are, according to our survey. Sev(...)

We are all intensely interested in reading about other people’s sexual lives and it is even more compelling to compare ourselves to what appears to be(...)

Dating in Ireland these days is about “hooking up” online; more often for men and bisexual women than for heterosexual women. Nearly one in fou(...)

BDSM is now ‘part of the fantasy range’ for many people, according to psychotherapist and Irish Times columnist Trish Murphy.

The Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon may be having an influence on Irish people’s sex lives, with one in five people who responded to The Irish Time(...)