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More to a country’s wellbeing than economic success

A few years ago, a group of eminent psychologists expressed the view that it was time that psychology changed direction and began to concentrate on what makes people happy and successful – what makes them flourish, instead of focusing on what was wrong with them – their disorders and problems.  Thus was born the Positive Psychology movement. Note the word ‘movement’ signalling the almost evangelical zeal for this new approach. In the past few years this has resulted in an outpouring of research on happiness, well being, optimal functioning, and individual strengths... Read More

Posted: 24 July 2008

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Emotions at the heart of buying and selling

Buying a house for most people is freighted with feeling. What starts as a practical and commercial enterprise very quickly assumes a psychological dimension. The buying decision is not just about the cost, the location and the state of the property market. An essential part of the choosing and buying process is about imagining yourself living in that house - opening up issues... Read More

Posted: 24 January 2008

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The pursuit of happiness

A few years ago, a group of eminent psychologists expressed the view that it was time that psychology changed direction and began to concentrate on what makes people happy and successful – what makes them flourish, instead of focusing on what was wrong with them – their disorders and problems. Thus was born the Positive Psychology movement. Note the word... Read More

Posted: 25 August 2007

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A star in her own right

As Hillary Rodham Clinton is poised to make her historic bid to become America's first woman president, Carl Bernstein's long-awaited biography, A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton, is finally published. A full eight years in the making, 628 pages long, based on more than 200 interviews with friends and enemies alike, it is undoubtedly the big... Read More

Posted: 28 July 2007

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Retail therapy

Why do women shop so much? Fall in love with shoes, bags, jewels and dresses that could be outdated next month? Blame evolution. In early human societies, women specialised in child rearing, "nesting" and foraging for food, while males hunted for meat and defended their territory. By necessity, women evolved to have better peripheral vision than men, enabling them to... Read More

Posted: 10 March 2007

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A kind of perfection

When I was a student in University College Cork I fell in love with my husband John.   He loved the West Cork and Kerry Gaeltachts and so, of course, I learned to love them too.  The memories of the times we spent there – often driving there and back to Cork on a Saturday – came flooding back as I... Read More

Posted: 01 January 2007