Bickering could be a way for couples to maintain autonomy while fitting into the confines of their long-term relationship.

One of the earliest counselling training videos I ever saw was known to students as “the bickering couple”. In the video, the couple bickered constan(...)

You hear noise at night – how do you react?

Imagine you are alone in a room in an empty house late at night. You are reading a book. The room is dark apart from the light from a reading lamp. S(...)

My favourite card in the Tarot pack is the one that depicts the fool.

Long is the journey that is made in the company of a fool, says one of the Buddhist books. It strikes me that a journey in the company of a wise man o(...)

The wisdom of the centuries can be heard on a bus. Photograph: iStock

I was reminded of the wisdom of the centuries on the 123 bus in Dublin the other day when listening to two young men having an argument. It appeared (...)

On average, carers provide 39 hours of unpaid care per week – the equivalent of a full-time career. Photograph: iStock

“ . . . Relentless, exhausting and often unpleasant or demeaning, with little or no support, reward or recognition.” That’s a description of the work(...)

‘Not all separated parents get to see their kids on Christmas Day.’ Photograph: iStock

It’s the time of year when we play a losing battle against the imminent arrival of Christmas – but if you’re a separated parent, you have to think abo(...)

“The ‘News of the World’ published racy news stories, often about prominent personalities having affairs or running off with other people’s spouses.” Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

A recent headline in The Irish Times which read ‘Do I have to tell a guy I’m a virgin?’ made me think, for some reason, of men who used to kneel in th(...)

Thousands of people are still tormented in their own homes by the very people who should cherish them.

It has been 44 years since Nuala Fennell, a leader of the women’s movement, wrote a letter to The Irish Times, drawing attention to the problem of do(...)

‘Clown by Candlelight’ by Mary Swanzy is on show at the ‘Circus250: Art of the Show’ exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland.

It’s not often that picture of a clown stops me in my tracks because it reminds me of me. But it happened when I found myself in front of Mary Swanzy’(...)

Whether you go to wrestling shows, meditate, dress up in drag, study for a PhD, pound the pavements in your running shoes, turn cartwheels, write poetry or pretend to be Batman, you are connecting with the power of motivation. Photograph: iStock

If you go to the park at the weekends you might see grown men out flying model airplanes. What do they get out of it? Probably a combination of fun, b(...)

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