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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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Imagine that someone close to you was in imminent danger and the only solution involved having police use torture to extract information from someone in custody. Would you agree or not? While torture remains a divisive topic with many countries... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at Providentia
Continued from Part I So, how did the three patients react to seeing other people with the same delusion? Their reactioons were recorded through interviews and through careful observatioon while they were in the same ward together. Rokeach interacted with... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Providentia
In parenting cases, judges are asked to resolve the dispute by reference to the best interests of the child. In many cases, they have the benefit of expert witnesses who are trained in a social science and who draw upon... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Providentia
A U.K. man has received only a suspended sentence after being sentenced for assaulting his wife because of her "provocation" of accusing him that he was the Devil. 52-year-old Anthony Berry reported that he "snapped" after his wife, a devout... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Providentia
Every suicide is a tragedy. It is estimated that over 800 000 people die by suicide and that there are many suicide for each death. The impact on families, friends and communities is devastating and far-reaching, even long after persons... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Providentia
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For Milton Rokeach, it would be more than an experiment in treating mental illness. In many ways, it would be one of the most remarkable studies of its kind ever undertaken and help transform the very meaning of human identity.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at Providentia
An opinion article recently published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management discusses the legalization of recreational marijuana in United States. One of the key unknowns in the debate over legalization concerns the relationship between alcohol and marijuana use.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Providentia
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The International Association for Suicide Prevention IASP has declared September 10 to be World Suicide Prevention Day. Conducted each year to commemorate the estimated 800,000 people worldwide who die by suicide annually, the IASP is holding a special candlelight event... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Providentia
After neighbours called emergency servicesto the Hertfordshire home shared by a 43-year-old Iranian man and his disabled mother last October 5, police found Mohammud Badvie behaving in a "very bizarre fashion." They also found the corpse of his mother, 69-year-0ld... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Providentia
Have you ever been bullied? Or been a bully yourself? Certainly, bullying has become an international problem with epidemiological studies of middle and high school students in the U.S. and elsewhere suggesting that a substantial minority of children are either... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Providentia
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Even for Boston in the 19th century, it was an unusually brutal murder. Based on police reports, the murder occurred on October 27, 1845. The victim, a 21-year-old prostitute named Maria Ann Bickford, had apparently just finished dealing with a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Providentia
Though studies have surveyed police officers’ perceptions of people with mental illnesses (PMI), few have examined perceptions held by PMI regarding the police, and none have compared them with those held by the general population. A study recently published in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Providentia
In a study recently published in Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences using a simulated speed dating context, 36 women were audio recorded as they verbally responded to an attractive male voice heard with its fundamental frequency (f0) electronically raised or lowered. Women’s... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Providentia
Arrests over the decapitation murder of a South African sex worker has sparked fears of further killings due to news that a traditional healer was among the six arrestees. The body of 39-year old Desiree Murugan was discovered two weeks... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Providentia
Can there be a link between the rising rate of ADHD diagnoses in children and adolescents and the proliferation in fast-paced media aimed at children? Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is characterized by symptoms such as attention problems, hyperactive behaviour, and impulsivity... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at Providentia
Following any act of terrorism by a single individual, whether it involves bombings, shootings, or other form of violence, there are always questions that are asked afterward. These questions include whether the offender was acting alone or belonged to a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at Providentia
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Continued from Part 1 Through a weekly column published in the Boston Herald, Robert Knapp and the other staff members at the Boston Rumor Clinic would tackle various prominent rumors for in-depth analysis and refute them based on available information.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at Providentia
Drawing from victim precipitation, social comparison, and identity theories, a recent study in the Journal of Applied Psychology develops and tests an integrative model of the victimization of high-performing employees. The researchers examine envy as an explanatory mechanism of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Providentia
The steady proliferation of charity groups and humanitarian organization has (more or less) reduced poverty in many parts of the world. Still, it is no secret that a large percentage of the money collected to battle poverty actually goes towards... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Providentia
In 2007, the alternative rock band Radiohead released their seventh studio album, In Rainbows. Although the band announced that their new album would soon be available in CD form, they also implemented what must have seemed like an extremely risky... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Providentia
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 was far more than "a date that will live on in infamy." While the American people were well aware of the massive war that was raging across much of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at Providentia
Using an experimental methodology, a study published recently in Psychology of Popular Media Culture assessed adolescent girls’ and young adult women’s perceptions of a peer who presented herself on Facebook in either a sexualized or nonsexualized manner. Fifty-eight adolescent girls... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Providentia
On August 3, a group of men, apparently under the influence of alcohol, attacked the home of a S0lomon Islands family, and systematically destroyed much of the furniture. They later returned and burned the house to the ground. According to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Providentia
Sexual violence on college campuses is everybody's problem. Based on recent surveys, an estimated 19 to 25 percent of women report experiencing some form of sexual violence in college while the figures for men is somewhat lower (6.1 percent). Problems... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Providentia
Continued from Part One As for Schreber himself, his mental health remained rocky even after his release. Despite a brief separation from his wife while he lived with his mother and sister, he and Sabine eventually moved into a house... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at Providentia