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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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Last year, a kangaroo court banished Malati Mahato from her family home in the Indian district of Odisha. Her crime? She dared to address one of her male in-laws by name. In many parts of India, it is strictly forbidden... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Providentia
Remember the notorious "War of the Worlds" broadcast of 1938 ? Sure you do. Though Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre on the Air only intended the broadcast as a dramatization of H.G. Wells' classic novel, many listeners believed what... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Providentia
Continued from Part One Looking back at the different romantic partners we have had over time, it's often hard to decide what it was that first drew us to this person or that . By and large, the process of... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Providentia
The Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is the largest of the baleen whales and likely the largest creatures ever to have lived on Earth. Blue Whale is also the name of a bizarre online game that has gained notoriety in recent... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at Providentia
Continued from Part Two On November 9, 1888, the Ripper struck again. The victim was 25-year-old Mary Jane Kelly, a.k.a "Black Mary," a prostitute who was well-known in London's East End for her striking good looks and long hair reaching... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at Providentia
Little is known about the long-term course of headache in patients with moderate-to-severe headache due to traumatic brain injury (TBI). In a new study published in the Journal of Headache and Pain, researchers evaluated the course of headache in patients... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Providentia
Why do we choose the romantic partners that we do? And what shapes the choices we make? While scientists have been weighing those question for decades (and philosophers have been doing the same for centuries), nobody has managed to come... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Providentia
Penuel Mnguni, General Overseer of End Times Disciples Ministries in South Africa has apparently repented. For years, the controversial minister has made a name for himself by ordering his congregations to carry out bizarre stunts as part of his sermons.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Providentia
Continued from Part One After the Double Event during which two women were murdered in a single night, the police were more desperate than ever to solve the killings. The hunt for Jack the Ripper consumed countless man-hours as investigators... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at Providentia
Do parents treat their sons and daughters differently ?While childrearing practices can vary widely across different cultures and as views about gender differences change over time, there do seem to be some clear consistencies in the way boys and girls... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at Providentia
A new article published in the Journal of the History of Behavioral Sciences explores the work of psychologist Gordon Gallup, Jr., during the 1960s and 1970s on mirror self‐recognition in animals. It shows how Gallup tried to integrate the mental... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at Providentia
It was four years ago that I first learned about the private ‘clinics’ that claim to cure homosexuality in Ecuador. My first thought was that it could be me held there and told that, as a gay woman, I needed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Providentia
It's hard to say for certain when the killings first started. While most historians agree that the brutal murder of 43-year-old Mary Ann "Polly" Nicholson on August 31, 1888 is the first confirmed killing linked to the serial killer later... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2017 at Providentia
Short- and long-term health consequences of bullying victimization are well documented and include physical and mental health issues as well as increased involvement in risky behavior, but research exploring sex differences in victimization outcomes is still limited. A study published... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at Providentia
"My main concern is my safety, because if he sends the wrong sex-crazed maniac to my house … and he forces his way in, who knows what could happen," In a recent story published by CBC News, an Edmonton woman... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Providentia
"It shouldn't be this hard to get help. He was trying to get help to be a better person, a better husband, a better man, a better father." With these words, Jennifer Johnson, expresses her own grief and frustration over... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Providentia
Continued from Part One With the stories that were rapidly spreading about his success as a rainmaker, er, I mean, "cloud coaxer," Charles Mallory Hatfield was riding high in 1915 when he was approached by a group of businessmen operating... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2017 at Providentia
Traditionally, since 1994, Juggalos has been used as a term describing fans of the band, The Insane Clown Posse. While individual Juggalos or Juggalettes might have been involved in criminal activities (drug possession, assaults, vandalisms) the group as a whole... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at Providentia
A Wichita, KS resident charged with first degree murder following a bizarre April 9 homicide insists that God was responsible for her actions. According to Wichita Police, Hilyard contacted 63-year-old Micki Davis and told her to come pick up property... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at Providentia
Well into the 20th century, farmers across the United States depended on favourable weather to ensure good crops and a proper harvest. Considering how common floods and droughts are even today, it's hardly surprising that farmers would have a natural... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2017 at Providentia
Airplane Headache (AH) occurs during flights and often appears as an intense, short lasting headache during take-off or landing. Reports are limited on pathological mechanisms underlying the occurrence of this headache. Proper diagnosis and treatments would benefit from identification of... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Providentia
For decades, homelessness has been a major health problem that defies easy solutions. Defined by U.S. federal legislation as people who "lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence," determining how many homeless people there really are remains a perennial... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Providentia
In Russia, it's called "Red Button", and thousands of users have already installed it on their Android and iOS phones as insurance against being arrested by pro-Putin forces. According to developer Alexander Litreev, the software in the app allows users... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at Providentia
Can using a ouija board lead to murder? And what would a court make of such a defense? You might be surprised... Ouija boards, a.k.a. spirit or talking boards, have a long and somewhat colourful history. While "talking boards" were... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at Providentia
A study recent published in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry conducted a preliminary examination on cognitive reserve (CR) as a modifier of symptom expression in subjects with autopsy-confirmed chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The sample included 25 former professional football players neuropathologically... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Providentia