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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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Wilhelm Reich always had a problem with authority figures as the lengthy FBI file on him demonstrates. In 2000, the FBI released 789 pages of the extensive file that had been built up on Reich over the years. The file... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at Providentia
The fact that individuals with mental health problems are significantly overrepresented in the justice system is a significant concern for public policy and practice. Psychology research examining mental health and risk for criminal offending can be broadly categorized into 2... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Providentia
Are you part of the sandwich generation (link is external)? One of the burdens assumed by adult children is caring for their aging parents while dealing with their own children at the same time. According to Pew Research Center, about... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Providentia
Continued from Part Two It was during his sanity hearing that the lawyer for "Felix Somers" argued that his client was perfectly sane and that there had been no reason to commit him to an asylum. Though Doctor Baldric became... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Providentia
The purpose of a study published in Developmental Psychology was to examine associations between mothers’ socialization practices in childhood and adolescence and offsprings’ (N = 32, 16 female) sympathy/concern in early adulthood. Mothers reported on their socialization practices and beliefs... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at Providentia
This January 17 marks the eighth anniversary of this blog of mine and it has been a wild ride. After well over a thousand posts and the launch of a second blog over at Psychology Today, I have managed to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Providentia
The rise of the smartphone has opened up a whole new world of possibilities to the average user. Not only can we use them to stay in touch with anyone else in the world (and vice-versa), but they can also... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Providentia
Continued from Part One Though probably more pleasant that what someone who couldn''t afford private care could expect, the asylum that Julius Chambers intended to infiltrate wasn't a particularly inviting place. Despite being located on very spacious grounds that were... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at Providentia
A research study published in the journal Health Psychology explores the effects of belief in a just world on exercise and psychological well-being among individuals who have experienced weight bias. In Study 1, 804 participants in an online study reported... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Providentia
A Malaysian man has been sentenced to one year in jail for inapproprately touching a 17-year-old Singapore girl on whom he was allegedly conducting an exorcism. 52-year-old Mohamed Said Mohamed Sani, who describes himself as a technical officer who treats... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Providentia
Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for. Dag Hammarskjold The mental and physical burden of loneliness can be extreme, especially for older adults. Usually defined as the perception of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Providentia
It began with a cryptic telegram received by a guest at a New Orleans hotel on July 10, 1872. The guest, who was registered as "Felix Somers" opened the telegram which was written in a rather elaborate cipher he decoded... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at Providentia
A new article published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology propose that people may gain certain “offensive” and “defensive” advantages for their cherished belief systems (e.g., religious and political views) by including aspects of unfalsifiability in those belief... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Providentia
"It was nothing short of an execution," said Judge Brian Stevenson as he handed down a two-year sentence to a Calgary man who was charged with killing a cat as part of a bizarre sex ritual. 29-year-old Stephen Edward Alcorn... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Providentia
We we all know that lifestyle factors can play a big role in how long you are likely to live. Obesity, smoking, not getting enough exercise, and genetics certainly have an impact on long-term health and mortality, but research has... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Providentia
Continued from Part One In what would be described as the “most scandalous chapter” in Sweden’s forensic history, Sweden’s entire criminal justice system was basically placed on trial as the courts began to unravel why Sture Bergwall had ever been... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at Providentia
A decade of research reveals the benefits of positive emotions for mental and physical health; however, recent empirical work suggests the explicit pursuit of happiness may backfire. The present study hypothesized that the pursuit of happiness is not inherently self-defeating;... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at Providentia
While computerized brain games are often advertised as a way of keeping your mind sharp and to avoid cognitive decline (especially in older adults), the evidence that they have any real benefit is sadly lacking. According to a recent consensus... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2014 at Providentia
Why Do People Take Risks? Does knowing someone who does something risky make you more likely to try it? Published on December 20, 2014 by Romeo Vitelli, Ph.D. in Media Spotlight 0 inShare "If all your friends jumped off a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at Providentia
They once called him "Sweden's Hannibal Lector." Whatever the truth behind this label, he would eventually become one of Sweden's most controversial prisoners, and possibly a victim of zealous prosecutors (depending on who you ask). For Sture Bergwall, and for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2014 at Providentia
Where should clinical psychologists draw the line when it comes to using torture to extract information during interrogations? The newly released report from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has provided graphic revelations about the true extect to which torture... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2014 at Providentia
If you are at all familiar with the early history of neurology, you have likely heard of Dr. Guillaume-Benjamin-Amand Duchenne (de Boulogne). Born in Boulogne in 1806 (which is why "de Boulogne" is often added in brackets after his name),... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2014 at Providentia
There is an urgent need to identify lifestyle activities that reduce functional decline and dementia associated with population aging. A article recently published in Psychological Bulletin reviewed the evidence on the benefits associated with formal volunteering among older adults, propose... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2014 at Providentia
After 45-year-old Adolfina Ocampos was sentenced to death for sorcery last November in the Paraguayan village of Tahenyi where they lived, she was tortured, submerged under water, and beaten. She was then led to a stake where she was shot... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2014 at Providentia
Why do so many people with heart problems have trouble sticking to a rehabilitation program? Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in most industrialized countries. For people experiencing heart problems, participating in a cardiac rehabilitation(CR) program can... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Providentia