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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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When Robert Edwin Cornish graduated from the University of California at Berkeley at the age of 18, no one doubted that the young prodigy had an amazing future ahead of him. And they were right (sort of). The oldest child... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Providentia
Awareness and widespread interest regarding sex trafficking has increased significantly over the last decade. However, research demonstrates little success from well-intended human trafficking “rescue” efforts. In order to increase the capacity for feminist therapists to more effectively serve women and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Providentia
Terrorism (n) The use of the use of indiscriminate violence to create terror or fear for the purpose of achieving a political, religious, or ideological goal. We've all been affected by terrorism, whether directly or indirectly. Memories of the 9/11... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Providentia
In Kyrgyzstan, it is known as "Ala Kachuu" or kidnapping for marriage. Since Kyrgyzstan became an independent nation in 1991, there has been a boom in bridal kidnappings with woman and girls being abducted from their family homes, sometimes with... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Providentia
According to a new review article published in the journal Psychology, Health, and Medicine, more than one billion children—half of all children in the world—are exposed to violence every year. The violence children are exposed to includes both direct experiences... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Providentia
For all the importance we place on words, whether spoken or written, much of the communicating we do on a regular basis comes through body language. According to pioneering research by Dr. Albert Mehrabian, only seven percent of human communication... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Providentia
"When both my kidneys failed, my wife donated her kidney. After 35 years, she finally gives me a gift." In the YouTube video where the pleasant-faced older man makes this quip, we see the audience bursting into laughter. Which is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Providentia
According to the Reverend Prescott Jernegan, it all began with a divine vision he experienced while sitting in a train car while on his way to Florida in 1896. At least, that was the story he told soon after to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at Providentia
For countless people around the world, living with chronic pain is a daily reality. According to a 2011 report by the Institute of Medicine, Relieving Pain in America, there were 100 million Americans dealing with chronic pain in 2010 and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Providentia
Examining the tendency to attribute blame to crime victims reveals a striking dichotomy. Some types, such as children, elicit intense emotional reactions from the public. Alternatively, others, such as the typical victims of street crimes, garner substantially less concern. According... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Providentia
On the afternoon of March 15, ten children at the Hongri Kindergarden in Dongguan, China reported feeling dizzy after coming home from school. Some even fainted. Frantic parents called police and had their children treated at the Huangjiang Hospital for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Providentia
On September 3, 1923, a chiropractor named Fred Covell received a frantic telephone call from his brother. All that Arthur Covell said on the phone was, "something terrible has happened to Ebba" and that Fred needed to come home as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at Providentia
I could post my shopping list and I’m pretty sure the thread beneath would include some variants of “go back to Africa” Hannah Pool While the Internet has long been regarded as the last bastion of free speech where anyone... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Providentia
A recent study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences uses the Big Five framework to investigate personality differences between politicians and the general public and between politicians themselves based on ideology and party identification. A 50-item Big Five... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Providentia
On July 27, 1724, a German farmer named Jurgen Meyer made a bizarre discovery. While working in the fields on a farm just outside the German town of Hamelin, he came across what he first took to be a "naked,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2017 at Providentia
A new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests that problems interpreting speech sounds may be a diagnostic marker for early dementia. The study, which was conducted by researchers at Toronto's Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care and the University... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2017 at Providentia
A study published recently in the journal Victims and Offenders was undertaken to test if precautionary drinking behaviors can be associated with reduced risk of violent victimization. Some studies have shown that these behaviors (e.g. limiting alcohol intake, eating before... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Providentia
How busy are you in the course of a normal working day? For many men and women in modern society, the pressure of meeting all the responsibilities at work and at home can be overwhelming. This is largely due to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at Providentia
While their mother was kept locked in a room, two children were electrocuted by their father and grandfather in a bizarre exorcism. The grandmother reportedly convinced her son to carry out the exorcism due to her reputation for having "divine... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at Providentia
Continued from Part One After Frederick Mors' successful escape from the Hudson River State Hospital in 1916, a police manhunt turned up no trace of him and, after months of investigating, public interest largely died down. In the meantime, World... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at Providentia
Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy is proven to attenuate neuropathic pain in rodents. The goal of the study published in the Journal of Headache and Pain was to determine the potential involvement of the Kindlin-1/Wnt-10a signaling pathway during astrocyte activation and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Providentia
How often do you check your smartphone over the course of an average day? And how stressed does this checking leave you feelings? A new survey conducted by the American Psychological Association suggests that our relationship with technology and social... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Providentia
Despite recent media stories about the potentially devastating effect of sports-related concussions on athlete brains, virtually all of them have focused on male athletes. But a new preliminary study scheduled to be presented at an upcoming meeting of the American... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Providentia
It began with a coroner's inquest into eight deaths at a home for the elderly near Yonkers, New York. What emerged was a bizarre tale of madness and murder that, while largely forgotten today, is still fascinating to explore. New... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2017 at Providentia
Early to be, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise - Benjamin Franklin There is a romance about all those who are abroad in the dark hours - Robert Louis Stevenson Researchers have long recognized that many... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Providentia