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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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A 25-year-old woman living in South Korea's Gyeonggi province was decapitated with a kitchen knife on August 19. Police arrested the woman's mother and brother who allege that the victim had been possessed by an evil spirit. The mother, a... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Providentia
"I was five years old when it happened," says one rape victim. Another describes how she was tortured at home and not allowed to leave the house for any reason. Though their faces are concealed by digital "masks", the pain... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Providentia
On November 16, 1940, a crude pipe bomb was found by police in Consolidated Edison's office building in Manhattan. Although the bomb hadn't exploded, a note attached to the bomb threatened further attacks against the company. The second pipe bomb... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Providentia
Examining precursors that will aid in the discovery of individuals who may harm themselves or others has long been a focus of scholarly research. A new research study published in the journal Crisis sets out to determine if it is... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Providentia
While the potential role of the Zika virus on brain development in fetuses has raised fears among pregnant mothers worldwide, new research suggests certain adult brain cells may be vulnerable as well. A team of researchers at the Rockefeller University... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at Providentia
It should have been a routine flight. For the 166 passengers of Japan Airlines Flight 350 scheduled to fly from Fukuoka to Tokyo on February 9, 1982, the possibility that something might go very wrong likely seemed absurd. Not only... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2016 at Providentia
It was a hard book to find. First published in 1948, Psychological Warfare by Paul Myron Linebarger is still the standard regarding the use of propaganda in warfare. Long out of print (the last edition was published in 1972), the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2016 at Providentia
Recent decades have seen a broadening of the definition of family in society at large, but the influence of family structure on offspring is yet to be fully understood. In a new study published in the Canadian Journal of Behavioural... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at Providentia
Though Pokemon Go has taken much of the world by storm (despite mixed reviews and attempts at making it illegal in many places), religious debates over whether it is evil and dangerous seems to be brewing in many parts of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at Providentia
Continued from Part One When William Thomas Stead went on trial for orchestrating the kidnapping of Eliza Armstrong, he had no difficulty responding with the same showmanship that characterized his entire career as a journalist. Though several other people involved... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at Providentia
Long before sado-masochism received its formal name, there has been the domina (also known as dominatrix). Although the term originally applied to the female head of a nunnery, it has since gained a more modern meaning. According to some sources,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at Providentia
While the influence of sleep on motor memory consolidation has been extensively investigated, its relation to initial skill acquisition is less well understood. A new study in the journal Behavioral Neuroscience examines the influence of sleep quality and quantity on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at Providentia
While the potential role of "media contagion" in copycat deaths following high-profile suicides has long been recognized, can it help explain the rising number of mass shootings in recent years? A new study presented at the annual meeting of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at Providentia
Was it really possible for someone in Victorian London to "purchase" a young girl for sexual purposes? While prostitution was alive and well in 19th century London, it was still something that "polite society" preferred to ignore. Though social reform... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2016 at Providentia
There have been frequent expressions of concern over the supposed failure of researchers to conduct replication studies. But the large number of meta-analyses in our literatures shows that replication studies are in fact being conducted in most areas of research.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at Providentia
It was originally called "granny bashing" when the first stories about elder abuse came out in the 1970s. Since then, elder abuse has been identified as a serious social problem that is far more prevalent than most of us care... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at Providentia
Being a couch potato may be more expensive than you might think. A new study published in the British medical journal, The Lancet, suggests that the worldwide economic cost associated with physical inactivity is at least 67.5 billion dollars a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at Providentia
Does spending money on others (prosocial spending) improve the cardiovascular health of community-dwelling older adults diagnosed with high blood pressure? A new article published in the journal Health Psychology explores this question in a series of studies. In Study 1,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at Providentia
Background: Although people who use the Internet for suicide-related reasons have been found to report significantly higher levels of suicidal ideation, little is known about the characteristics of these users. Aims: To examine the differences between suicidal people who use... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at Providentia
By the time you read this, I will be off to Yokohama, Japan which I will be attending the 31st International Congress of Psychology. I am looking forward to having a chance to interact with some of the best and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at Providentia
It's something every driver dreads but can't avoid completely. We're all familiar with "road rage", whether through personal experience or through stories heard from people we know. Though first coined in the 1980s following a rash of highway shootings in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at Providentia
A new survey examining online behaviour following relationship breakups suggests that post-relationship abuse is far more common than you think. The survey, which is scheduled to be presented at the annual conference of the British Psychological Society's Division of Counselling... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at Providentia
Continued from Part One On July 19, 1922, James Frye testified on his own behalf and quickly denounced the confession he had made as being completely bogus. Not only was he innocent of Dr. Brown's murder but he insisted that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at Providentia
Dan Leno was the prince of clowns. Born George Wild Galvin in 1860, he was the youngest of six children in an old London show business family. His father was a comedian and his mother was a singer and George... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Providentia
Many individuals with mental health care needs are not receiving adequate treatment and self-help services may be one way to address these unmet needs. Little is known about self-help treatment consumers and the characteristics which predict self-help treatment use; therefore,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at Providentia