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Covid-19 has scored a direct hit on our most basic psychological drives

‘Covid-19 has scored a direct hit on our most basic psychological drives’ May 23, 2020 We have never known personal, cultural or societal upheaval like this, so we must stop looking for the 'New Normal' and learn to live in the "Now Normal'.  Stormy weather Just can’t get my poor self together I’m weary all the time, So weary all the time… Stormy weather just can’t seem... Read More

Posted: 31 May 2021

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What are we missing most? Each other

What are we missing most? Each other Only when we can meet others will the sense of possibility in our lives be restored Sun, Mar 28, 2021   Half of us feel that the pandemic has had a profoundly negative impact on our lives. Illustration: iStock    The results of the 2021 Sign of the Times survey by Behaviour & Attitudes are published by The Irish... Read More

Posted: 31 March 2021

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The land of the mother and baby homes

The land of the mother and baby homes   The Mother and Baby Homes report triggers a wash of memories of those grey decades Sat, Jan 16, 2021 The writer Thomas Kilroy set his play, Christ Deliver Us! in 1950s Ireland. In it one of the characters, Winnie, is full of wonder about a local swallow hole, where everything that people discarded ended up,... Read More

Posted: 31 January 2021

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Divorce, Irish style: The wait just adds to the heartbreak

Divorce, Irish style: The wait just adds to the heartbreak When a long-term relationship fails, physical and mental health suffers enormously Sat, May 11, 2019 Once again, Ireland[https://www.irishtimes.com/news] is going to the polls about divorce – this time, to decide if separating couples have to wait for four years to be granted a divorce, as is currently the law; or whether this should be reduced... Read More

Posted: 31 May 2019

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Why and how do we fall in love?

*What is this thing called love?* We can live without St Valentine’s Day. But we can’t survive without love, because love is nested in the need for closeness that is wired into the deep structure of the human psyche. When that need is thwarted, we are beset by loneliness and rejection, blocked, adrift, stagnating in our lives. When we have love, we... Read More

Posted: 10 February 2018

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Creativity

Creative Ireland In 1970s, in a now famous experiment, psychologists observed children aged 3-5 as they played spontaneously and identified those who most liked drawing. A few weeks later, the psychologists returned and asked those children to draw a picture. They divided the children into three groups. The first group were promised an award when they had finished the drawing. The... Read More

Posted: 13 December 2017