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Romeo Vitelli
I'm a psychologist in private practice in Toronto and Hamilton. My first book, The Everything Guide To Overcoming PTSD, will be available this June.
Interests: fencing, websurfing, archaeology, travelling and a whole list of other things i can't recall at the moment., gay/lesbian/bisexal/transgender issues, political arguments
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It was a crime that nobody would have expected in peaceful Switzerland. Jean Lanfray was a 31-year old labourer who lived with his pregnant wife and two children on the second floor of a farmhouse in Commugny, Switzerland. His parents... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Providentia
A new study published in the Journal of Positive Psycholog tudy examined whether dispositionally happy individuals feel less happiness when another person experiences a misfortune. Happy individuals are known to be less vulnerable to upward comparison information. In addition, schadenfreude... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Providentia
He that spareth the rod hateth his own son but he that loveth him correcteth him betimes/Withhold not correction from a child: for if thou strike him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Providentia
While the India city of Bangalore once enjoyed a reputation as a place where women could walk in safety, there was little evidence of that in an appalling spectacle that took place on New Year's Eve. Despite the presence of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Providentia
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Continued from Part One As more more information about Nelson Rehmeyer's murder emerged during the trial, newspapers reported every lurid details as sensationally as they could. Along with story titles such as "Witches Ride Broomsticks in Hex Trial", the way... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Providentia
Religious accommodation in the workplace remains a contentious issue in the United States. In a recent study published in the journal Personality and Indidual Diffferences, researhers conducted an experiment to examine how individual differences in right-wing authoritarianism (RWA) shape how... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Providentia
Do happiness and health go together? While measuring happiness has always been a problem for researchers, often because of the different ways that happiness can be defined, there does seem to be an impressive body of research showing a consistent... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at Providentia
Police in the Indian state of Jharkhand are still investigating after an elderly couple was allegedly beaten up and burned to death by enraged villagers accusing them committing witchcraft in the death of relatives. According to police reports, the bodies... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Providentia
Hunting witches has a very old history in North America. From the dawn of the 17th century, long before the Salem witch trials, accused witches went on trial in virtually every English colony and various "satanic" practices, including fortune-telling, cursing,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at Providentia
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When Robert Louis Stevenson first published The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde in 1886, it was an immediate success and became one of his most memorable classics. Through numerous movies, television dramatizations, and plays, the story has... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at Providentia
Medical diagnosis isn't as easy as you might think. According to surveys, an estimated 25 to 33 percent of patients seeing their family doctors report symptoms that cannot be easily explained or treated. These symptoms can strike any part of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at Providentia
On December 26 at 11:30 a.m., a Pennsylvania woman posted a bizarre message on Facebook in which she announced her suicide plan and informed her husband that he would never see his son again. She then smothered her 12-month-son with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at Providentia
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Continued from Part Two Even after losing his case, James Matthews continued to be a most unusual inmate at Bethlem. After teaching himself calligraphy and technical drawing, he entered a public competition to design a new building for the hospital.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Providentia
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It seemed like such a good idea. After the birth of his second daughter, Deborah, in 1944, B. F.Skinner came up with one of his most famous (or notorious according to some) inventions. To help his wife, Yvonne, Skinner devised... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Providentia
Accumulating evidence from animal and human research indicate that adult hippocampal neurogenesis plays a key role in cognition. Meanwhile, cognitive decline is well known to associate with ageing-related neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Parkinson’s disease (PD). Therefore,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Providentia
Is there a link between poor sleep and obesity? Certainly people who are obese often develop problems with obstructive and central sleep apnea, the two most common sleep disorders, as well as related health problems such as Type 2 diabetes,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at Providentia
When Arfart Ali married Shugfta Nehar in 2015, he soon became disenchanted with the way his parents treated his new wife "like a slave." After announcing to his family that he and his wife would be moving out of their... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2016 at Providentia
Lowered eye blink rate may be a clinically useful indicator of acute, imminent, and severe suicide risk. Diminished eye blink rates are often seen among individuals engaged in heightened concentration on a specific task that requires careful planning and attention.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2016 at Providentia
While an estimated two to three million children are currently being raised by gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender parents in the United States alone, the issue of adoption by same-sex couples or single LGBT individuals continues to be a hot-button... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2016 at Providentia
War is a disaster that has both acute and long-term effects, which often results in refugee migration, as has been the case in the Syrian war. Most agencies and organizations concentrate on providing necessities such as food, clothing, and shelter.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at Providentia
Continued from Part One As far as John Haslam was concerned, James Tilly Matthews was a lunatic and he didn't hesitate to say so. Within a year of Matthews' admission to Bethlem, Haslam and his immediate superior John Munro had... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2016 at Providentia
The global increase in obesity rates has been tied to the rise in junk-food availability and consumption. Increasingly, children are exposed to a junk-food diet during gestation and early development. Excessive consumption of junk-food during this period may negatively impact... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at Providentia
On July 22, 2011, a car bomb near government buildings in the city of Oslo, Norway. The massive explosion could be heard more than four miles away and created a shock wave that started fires in many of the nearby... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at Providentia
A self-styled prophet has come under intense criticism due to his healing sessions which involve spraying insecticide into the faces of his congregation. While many other South African preachers have made headlines in recent years for bizarre antics such as... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at Providentia
Crime control theater (CCT) is a rather cynical term being used more and more by social science researchers examining how effective many policies intended to stop crime really are. There have been numerous examples given of ineffective policies that appear... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2016 at Providentia