Ian Robertson

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Finding a way to deal with our negative emotions can turn them ‘from a threat into an opportunity’. Photograph: iStock

With case numbers of Covid-19 rising due to the new Omicron variant, and fresh restrictions recently introduced, it can be difficult to stay optimisti(...)

As reopening looms, some people are stressed about resuming normality. Photograph: Getty Images

After 15 months of working remotely, socialising over Zoom and not seeing the inside of anyone else’s house, the thought of getting back out there (...)

Burnout is defined by the WHO as ‘feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and reduced professional efficacy.’ Photograph: iStock

Over the past year, the environment of the pandemic has presented huge challenges for everyone. This had led to intense fatigue, cynicism, a f(...)

‘Confidence differs from optimism and self-esteem, in that it is linked to action, with the brain chemical dopamine underpinning the feeling of reward at mastering a challenge.’ File photograph: Getty

Your research explores how our brain, mind and behaviour are linked. What drives your interest in that? The early 20th century was the era of physics(...)

By next Saturday, the State’s third Covid lockdown will have lasted longer than the first two combined. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

By next Saturday, April 3rd, the Republic’s third Covid-19 lockdown will have lasted longer than the first two combined, and yet the virus is still ci(...)

Chief medical officer with the Department of Health Tony Holohan in Dublin city centre today for a meeting between Coalition party leaders and medical officers at Government Buildings, to discuss a recommendation placing the entire country on Level 5 restrictions. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

There is a “clear disjunction” between public debate objections to more Covid-19 restrictions and a majority who want stronger measures to suppress th(...)

If you’re wearing a mask and see someone you know, resist the temptation to pull it down to say hello. Illustration: Getty Images

The coronavirus pandemic has made previously benign activities – hugging a friend, having a bout of hayfever, popping into the supermarket for a 32 pa(...)

Pauline Whelan, Gearoid Whelan, Ella Whelan and Brian Whelan of Whelan’s Pub in Newcastle West, Co Limerick. The family pub has been adapted to enable social distancing whenever restrictions due to coronavirus are lifted or eased. Photograph: Alan Place

Gearoid Whelan is up a ladder in his pub in Newcastle West, Co Limerick. He is getting ready for the reopening he still believes might happen in the s(...)

GPO on O’Connell Street: each person’s chance of contracting the virus not only depends on their own behaviour, but on the behaviour of others. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Think movies. Think Superman II or Independence Day. One social psychologist likened the collective spirit that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar tried to stir(...)

Marriage-equality referendum: 54% of adults said they felt pride in the result; 46% felt neutral or had no pride in it. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The results of the 2019 Sign of the Times survey by Behaviour & Attitudes are published by The Irish Times today. The annual snapshot of Irish lif(...)

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