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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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Continued from Part One When Jesse Pomeroy was convicted for first-degree murder on December 10, 1874, the question still remained about what to do with him. While the jury made a recommendation for mercy, newspapers across the country called for... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Providentia
Continued from Part 1 With two sisters who were part of Creffield's cult, George Mitchell felt ample justification for killing the man who had "seduced" them. After the shooting, he made no attempt to escape and calmly waited for the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Providentia
For young people contemplating suicide, the Internet can be a very dangerous place. Despite numerous websites providing excellent advice about how to find help, there are far too many other sites that actually encourage users to kill themselves. Along with... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Providentia
England's decisive win in the 1966 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup championships thrilled soccer fans the world over. Not only was it England's first ever World Cup victory, but average attendance records for games set records that... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Providentia
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CONVICT DIES IN PRISON WHERE HE SPENT 60 YEARS: Heart Disease Takes Notorious Jesse Pomeroy Sentenced When Boy When newspapers across the country announced the death of convicted child killer Jesse Pomeroy on July 31, 1933, it was hardly surprisingly... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at Providentia
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Still one of the most bizarre stories in Oregon's history, Franz Edmund Creffield is surprisingly unknown these days. Little seems to be known about his early life in Germany before coming to the United States. Born in 1871, he apparently... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Providentia
According to a new article published in the journal Canadian Psychology, the science of psychology has a long history of basing its research on a restricted sample of human beings (to say nothing of other species). A recent examination of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Providentia
When Kitty Genovese was brutally attacked and killed on March 13, 1964, the news would shock the world. Not because of the murder itself however, but due to reports that thirty-eight of her neighbours had watched the killing but did... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at Providentia
For Stephen Juma, it began with depression that became steadily worse. "I had battled an inner voice that kept telling me, ‘Kill yourself,’" said the 40-year-old father of twelve. "It was when I met a pastor in the project that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at Providentia
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Arguably one of the greatest political thinkers in history, Niccolo Machiavelli likely had no idea that he would gain such a sinister reputation after his death. If anything, much of his political writings were meant to warn about the dangers... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at Providentia
The emotional bond between mother and child plays a powerful role in emotional health and well-being as children grow into adults, but can it have an effect on whether they develop heart problems? An intriguing new study by a team... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2016 at Providentia
The end of World War II in 1945 was a time for celebration, but it was also a time of reckoning. While the Nuremberg trials for Nazi war criminals were still in the planning stage, legal proceedings against enemy collaborators... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at Providentia
Technological innovations have changed the way that mental health care interventions are delivered. In recent years, robots have been integrated into treatments for multiple mental health problems. To clarify public opinion regarding the integration of robots into psychological treatments, a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at Providentia
How common is gambling among teens? A new study published in the open access journal BioMed Central explores this question as part of a broader survey of addiction in young people. Conducted by researchers from the Centre of Addiction and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at Providentia
Continued from Part One William Hightower's polygraph interrogation took place at the Redwood City jail on August 16, 1921 and was witnessed by Larson's assistant, Philip Edson, and District Attorney Franklin Swart. Compared to the modern polygraph, Larson's equipment was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at Providentia
It was in 1836 that a book was published in New York that seemed tailor-made to touch off a moral panic. Titled The Awful Disclosures of Maria Monk or The Hidden Secrets of a Nun's Life in a Convent Exposed,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at Providentia
Studies on social demographics have demonstrated that life span is influenced by a number of parameters related to one’s physical health and to the external environment. A new study published recently in Archives of Scientific Psychology examined whether longevity could... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at Providentia
The rise of new communication technologies has made it easier that ever for young people to stay in touch with friends, family members, and even total strangers from around the world. But there is a dark side to being this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at Providentia
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For many people who survive suicide attempts, serious injuries, or life-threatening surgeries, living with the tell-tale scars that reveal what they have gone through to the world can traumatic in itself. But B.C. tattoo artist, Auberon Wolf, is offering them... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at Providentia
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On Tuesday, August 2, 1921, Father Patrick A. Heslin, pastor of the Holy Angels church in Colma, California disappeared without a trace. According to his housekeeper, an unknown man whose face was covered by a "roll-up coat collar" and motorcycle... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2016 at Providentia
Given the profound influence that early life experiences can have upon psychosocial functioning later in life, it is intriguing that most adults fail to recall autobiographical events from their early childhood years. Infantile amnesia is the term used to describe... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at Providentia
“See how she leans her cheek upon her hand. O, that I were a glove upon that hand That I might touch that cheek!” William Shakespeare The physical sensation of being touched can have a powerful effect depending on the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at Providentia
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A Spanish exorcist who had ordered a mass exorcism of the entire country of Mexico in 2015 is warning that recent murders in the country could be part of a new wave of Satanic killings aimed at turning victims into... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2016 at Providentia
It was on July 2, 1881, as he was walking through a Washington, D.C. railroad station that President James Garfield was shot in the arm and lower back by a disturbed loner named Charles Guiteau. As the President slumped to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at Providentia
For decades, forensic psychologists have dedicated much effort to applying their research and theory to improve the criminal justice system. However, recently, the roles of psychologists have expanded to more direct involvement as consultants in criminal investigations. The recent scandal... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at Providentia