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(...)

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(...)