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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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"First of all, I'm not OK. It took me a while to admit that." In sharing his own experiences of the shooting rampage that took place in Las Vegas, Nevada last year, Jesse Gomez wasn't afraid to describe the trauma... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Providentia
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Continued from Part Two Finally, after weeks of hiding in the brush around town, Joseph Dylkes made a semi-public reappearance at the home of one of his followers. While he was naturally suspicious of any strangers, he grew confident enough... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Providentia
Strengthening of antivaccination movements in recent decades has coincided with unprecedented increases in the incidence of some communicable diseases. Many intervention programs work from a deficit model of science communication, presuming that vaccination skeptics lack the ability to access or... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Providentia
In many parts of Thailand, it is considered good luck to lie in a coffin. And, at a new cafe in Bangkok, it can also earn you a discount on your coffee. Intended as an antidote to the often-hurried routine... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at Providentia
Continued from Part One With the Temple under the firm control of his followers, Dylkes was in his glory. His initial sermon dedicating the building for his followers, which started off cautiously enough, soon demonstrated just how grandiose he had... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2018 at Providentia
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Throughout the Middle Ages and well into the 20th century, epidemics of mass hysteria have occurred around the world. From dancing manias to penis panics, these epidemics have a strange tendency to begin unexpectedly and run their course with nobody... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at Providentia
What are you going to do? Are you going to live in the dark, locked in here? Afraid to look out, answer the door, leave? Yes, he's out there, and he's clearly not going to leave you alone until one... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at Providentia
Natural disasters are associated with a variety of negative health consequences, including enhanced suicide risk. Factors that moderate the relationship between disaster exposure and enhanced suicide risk are unknown. A new study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, examined... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at Providentia
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Allan Nielsen has a history of making bizarre claims to support his belief in a flat Earth. But the conspiracy theorist seems to have outdone himself with his latest claim about the actual distance of the Moon from the Earth,... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2018 at Providentia
For reasons that aren't entirely clear, the the 18th and 19th centuries saw the rise of numerous new prophets and religious reformers who had little difficulty attracting believers. Though many of these new movements began in parts of Europe, the... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2018 at Providentia
Millions of children are affected by disasters every year. Children need not be passive victims, however, but instead may contribute to disaster risk reduction activities. A new paper published in the European Journal of Psychotraumatology provides a theoretical foundation for... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at Providentia
On November 9, 2017, police in Mapleton, Utah were called to the home of Timothy Griffith and his family due to concerns about their welfare. Neighbours had not seen any sign of the family for days even though the lights... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at Providentia
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Continued from Part Two While his lawyers finally managed to get William Cantwell Walters' released from prison after two years of legal wrangling, any possibility of getting the Dunbars to admit their mistake and return Bruce to his mother seemed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2018 at Providentia
A new paper published in the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences presents a historical analysis of the genesis, context, and function of “Operative Psychology,” a little‐known branch of applied psychology developed by employees of the Ministry of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2018 at Providentia
When 20-year-old Maeda Hayato committed suicide by throwing himself in front of a train at the JR Settsu-Motoyama train station in Kobe, Japan on June 24, 2016, it didn't take long for police to determine why. Hayato had recently started... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2018 at Providentia
Continued from Part One Even as he was fighting extradition for his client, Hollis Rawls was also trying to do what he could to ensure a fair trial. Which wasn't easy considering the dozens of newspaper stories coming out of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2018 at Providentia
Although Donald J. Trump’s victory over Hillary R. Clinton in the 2016 United States presidential election came as a surprise, even a shock, to many, the author of a paper recently published in the Journal of Psychohistory predicted that outcome... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2018 at Providentia
“To lose confidence in one’s body is to lose confidence in oneself.” Simone de Beauvoir As children make that awkward transition from adolescence to young adulthood, the sense of identity they develop often depends on how they see themselves in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at Providentia
A Dominican nanny charged in the brutal murder of two small children in her care reportedly told her psychiatrist that Satan had ordered her to kill people. In the ongoing trial of 55-year-old Yoselyn Ortega, her psychiatrist testified about her... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at Providentia
The saga began on April 23, 1912, when four-year-old Bobby Dunbar disappeared while on a fishing trip with his family near Swayze Lake in Louisiana. After a frantic search by Bobby's mother Lessie and other members of the Dunbar family... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2018 at Providentia
Education practitioners and policy-makers are enthusiastic about web-based games’ potential to promote reading and pre-reading skills, although it is unclear how effective these games are, especially for children in early childhood. The aim of a new study published in the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at Providentia
Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive. Jamais Cascio What is does it mean to be resilient? Mental health professionals working with trauma victims have long... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2018 at Providentia
Representatives for the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church confirmed on their website that Pope Francis has formally stripped nine Ukrainian monks of their monastic status for performing unauthorized exorcisms. The Pope's decision was based on the recommendations of a special commission... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2018 at Providentia
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It's still considered one of the quirkiest episodes in Toronto's long and rich history. When lawyer and financier Charles Vance Millar died on October 31, 1926, he left behind a sizable estate and a reputation as one of Toronto's best... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at Providentia
The increasing difficulty in managing one's online personal data leads to individuals feeling a loss of control. Additionally, repeated consumer data breaches have given people a sense of futility, ultimately making them weary of having to think about online privacy.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at Providentia