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(...)

Photograph: iStock

Sexuality and gender are topics of frequent and heated debate in the media. Conflicting positions abound, and differentiating ideological from scienti(...)

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