A common mistake following relationship breakdown is to assume  something is inherently wrong with you as a person.

Relationships are sometimes compared jokingly or otherwise to a battlefield, but the end of a relationship can be an emotional battlefield all of its (...)

You spend a lot of time at work and if you can deepen its meaning for you, then you deepen the meaning of your life. Photograph: iStock

Towards the end of the last century, to get into the editorial department of The Irish Times from Fleet Street in Dublin city centre you had to talk t(...)

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(...)

The man who goes around fathering children without a care for the future is, perhaps, a guarantor of the health of the human species as he varies our genetic material. Photograph: iStock

If you spend a lot of time in men’s toilets, you might wonder at the number of us who walk out without washing our hands. You might even wish a hand w(...)

We have a psychological need for power, fun, freedom and belonging. When we miss out on any of these for too long we begin to wilt.

For years he had looked forward to “getting out of this effing place for good”. While many people fear retirement, he was impatient for its arrival. H(...)

A parent who refused to contemplate failure on the part of a child  may condemn that child to a lifetime of not feeling good enough.

A man involved in promoting positive thinking told me once that, “you must never contemplate the possibility of failure”. I was impressed as it sounde(...)

If you find it hard to forgive you probably spend a lot of time ruminating about what happened. Photograph: iStock

You’ve probably met him – I certainly have. He’s bitter about something somebody did in the past and he’s never going to let it go. When he thinks abo(...)

UL research found that strength training brought about improvements in symptoms of depression, boosting mood, increasing interest in activities and reducing feelings of worthlessness. Photograph: iStock

It’s summer and that means our attitude to exercise can play out in one of two ways. The first is, “Oh, look, it’s summer – what a great opportunity t(...)

Recent cases concerning child pornography raise two aspects of this distressing crime. The first concerns the need to do more to resource gardaí to an(...)

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