Back in about 1970, James Joyce put his hand on my leg in Rice’s bar in Dublin. He wasn’t the real James Joyce, but he looked like Ireland’s greatest (...)

The victims of teenage violence towards parents are usually mothers, although fathers also are attacked. Sons are more likely than daughters to be violent to mothers.

At 14 she hits her parents and siblings, drinks, uses drugs and goes missing. She is one of an unknown number of young teenagers who are violent to(...)

For the shyness to fade away, though, you have to interact with other people: it’s really the exposure to what you fear that changes things.

We were an unremarkable crowd on the Luas on a wet day, wanting to get the journey over with. One man stood out, largely because it was so obvious tha(...)

Being 60-something can lead to mixed emotions

‘It’s funny to see somebody else put on paper what one is thinking in one’s head but would not dare to articulate,” writes a reader. He was res(...)

One recent Saturday morning on my way out of the kitchen with a cup of tea for my wife, I heard a woman remark on the radio that men were not known fo(...)

‘If I had my life to live over, I wouldn’t change a thing.” Don’t you feel a little tug of guilt, loss or dismay when you hear a declaration li(...)

When the emotional side of the relationship is going badly, men feel less connected to their partners. The woman, on the other hand, feels dissatisfaction with the relationship.

How good are men at recognising their partners’ emotions? Actually, men are somewhat better at recognising their partners’ emotions than their own.(...)

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 (...)

When you have reached that difficult moment of emotional crisis where you’ve decided to reach out to a psychology professional, you will probably l(...)

Jimmy O’Connell, a psychotherapist at St Peter’s College, Dunboyne, Co Meath.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Monday It was a busy day. A colleague made me aware of two students who were self-harming. This is more common than you might think, but th(...)