Sigmund Freud

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It speaks to the continuing grimness of this island’s history that so many will still baulk at the suggestion that ‘very few significant distinctions’ exist between your average unionist and your average nationalist. Photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Oh great. It’s the month when one bit of Ireland congratulates itself on not understanding another bit of Ireland. If you are reading this outside the(...)

Dublin Youth Theatre’s rehearsals of The Sleepwalkers. Photograph: Aoife Herrity

Two months ago, Dublin Youth Theatre (DYT) did something that many of its members find increasingly difficult to imagine themselves. It left home. Lo(...)

José Salas Subirat: “Translating is the most attentive way of reading.”

Although both James Joyce and his editor Sylvia Beach included Spain from the first moment in their international promotion strategy for Ulysses, and (...)

Rather than blaming the organisation for the impossible demands it imposes, they blamed themselves for failing to achieve them.

Despite ostensibly recognising the unrealistic demands of the workplace, employees feel guilty and blame themselves for failing to fulfil them. Why? L(...)

Steve Coogan and John C Reilly in Stan & Ollie
In a word ... laughter

Stan Laurel died 54 years ago today, on February 23rd, 1965; he of the incomparable duo, Laurel and Hardy. You may have recently seen the utterly char(...)

Buying carpets in Istanbul. Photograph: Getty

In 2013, a collective sigh from the attendees of a Sotheby’s auction in New York echoed throughout the room. A 17th-century Kerman carpet achieved $33(...)

World Wars 1, 2 and 3 by Cristina Sampaio: “This cartoon is obviously controversial in its assertion, but it has an impact that can’t be ignored,” says festival director Richard Chapman

“From here, you get a breathtaking view of what will happen in the 20th century. The Holocaust, the Khmer Rouge, Rwanda, former Yugoslavia. But also t(...)

Your faults and virtues are shared by millions, maybe billions, of other people at this moment. Photograph: iStock

“I can take care of other people but when it comes to myself it’s a different story.” Anybody working in mental health will have heard that statement(...)

 Donogh O’Malley with a portrait of Eamon de Valera. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

The recent national outbreak of people saying “bollocks”, in the Leinster House canteen and elsewhere, has prompted some readers to recall another fam(...)

Many people get their greatest sense of satisfaction in their roles outside of the ‘day job’

“Love and work . . . work and love, that’s all there is.” – Sigmund Freud The founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, saw his job as helping his pa(...)

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