Testosterone levels have been found to be higher in more aggressive males. Photograph: iStock

Reports and discussion about violent events often dominate the news headlines. We hear reports of assaults and random attacks. Murder trials and gangl(...)

 Jacksonville, Florida where David Katz  was playing in a videogame tournament, before murdering  Eli Clayton and Taylor Robertson. Photograph: Gianrigo Marletta / AFP

It’s a long-standing argument: do violent videogames – or films or TV – increase violent or aggressive behaviour in real life? Particularly after mass(...)

The GLHF Game Bar, Florida, where David Katz killed three people including himself. Photograph:  Joe Raedle/Getty Images

It’s a long-standing argument: do violent videogames increase violent or aggressive behaviour in real life? After mass shootings, the shooter’s video (...)

Men are more likely to do their grieving silently. Photograph: iStock

I wonder how many of the men and women you know are silently holding the grief of miscarriage as they go through their day? A good many, as estimate(...)

Going over a pleasant memory or even over a good experience you expect to have in the future can boost your sense of well-being and positivity. Photograph: iStock

Brooding, thinking repetitively about a situation real or imagined, is a common human activity, so it’s probably one of yours. Brooding has got a bad(...)

Today’s under-35s are  experiencing double trouble because they are trying to navigate a faster moving, highly pressurised “always-on” world with reduced coping skills. Photograph: Getty Images

For those who grew up in the 1970s or before, life-learning was often taught by the school of hard knocks. There wasn’t much disposable income in most(...)

Video gaming: John Sharry’s advice to parents is to promote positive habits and set some rules. Photograph: E+/Getty

The Select Committee on Crime, Lawlessness and Vandalism has said there is an urgent need to prohibit the supply of video nasties, which have a damagi(...)

Donald Trump: “Rather than focusing on his bizarre behaviours, we should look at the corrective mechanisms at our disposal.” Photograph: Kevin Dietsch/Pool/Getty

Trumpwatching has become one of the world’s favourite spectator sports. “Sport” isn’t even the right word. Obsession may be a better one. Publishers h(...)

We are not born hating Mondays. We grow to see them as a curtailment of enjoyment, and fill ourselves with dread

Peter was in a restaurant when the first panic attack happened. He was completely overwhelmed by it and had no idea what caused it. When he calmed dow(...)

Pauline Shanahan, in Dublin. “I’m performing a stand-up show entitled What’s Cooler Than a Hipster? A Spinster, because I think the word ‘spinster’ needs reclaiming.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There’s a view that true happiness can only come with finding a relationship. Funnily enough, it’s a view put about most often by those in relationshi(...)

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