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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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Is it legal to commit murder in self-defense? How about if you genuinely believed that the person you killed was a ghost? London's Hammersmith district is known for its many small shops, ethnic restaurants, streets teeming with bustling commuters trying... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Providentia
Greed is an important motive: it is seen as both productive (a source of ambition; the motor of the economy) and destructive (undermining social relationships; the cause of the late 2000s financial crisis). However, relatively little is known about what... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Providentia
After years of investigation, government researchers have finally announced what they believe to be the cause of a bizarre epidemic of sleeping sickness striking the residents of two villages on the border between Russian and Kazakhstan: high levels of carbon... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Providentia
Ninety-eight percent of American homes have TV sets, which means the people in the other 2% have to generate their own sex and violence. George Baylos Why is there so much sex and violence in movies and television? While American... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Providentia
In October 2007, Janet Moses, a 22-year-old mother of two children, died of drowning after a three-day "cleansing ceremony" conducted by family members trying to free her from the effects of a curse. The family became concerned after Moses began... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Providentia
There seems no question that William James Sidis was a genius. Born in New York City in 1898, his parents, Boris and Sarah, were Russian immigrants and intellectuals who had fled to the U.S. to escape persecution. Boris earned his... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at Providentia
Relative socioeconomic status (SES) may be an important social determinant of health. A new study published in the journal Heath Psychology aimed to examine how relative SES, as measured by subjective SES, income inequality, and individual SES relative to others... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at Providentia
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A Nigerian businessman who was reportedly "possessed by a homosexual demon" after swimming in a hotel pool in Kenya recently underwent a televised exorcism to restore his heterosexuality. In a video shown on a Nigerian Christian television network, the smartly-dressed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at Providentia
Losing your job can be hard at any age, but it is especially brutal for older workers. According to employment figures released by the United States Government Accountability Office, the length of time spent being unemployed has tripled for workers... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Providentia
Continued from Part One After Brown/Bourne returned home, publicity over his case was enough to attract the attention of the American Society for Psychical Research and the eminent psychologist, William James. A founding member of the Society and one of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at Providentia
It was on June 30, 1860 when three-year old Francis Kent disappeared from his bedroom in the Kent family home near Frome, Somerset. His nurse, Elizabeth Gough, discovered early in the morning that Francis was missing from his bed and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Providentia
Language use is a psychologically rich, stable individual difference with well-established correlations to personality. A new article in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology describes a method for assessing personality using an open-vocabulary analysis of language from social media.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Providentia
As was recently leaked to the New York Times, an independent review has confirmed allegations that senior members of the American Psychological Association were complicit in post-9/11 torture. In a previous post, I discussed the active involvement of certain psychologists... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Providentia
Going through a divorce can be extremely traumatic for everyone involved. People who undergo divorce face a variety of psychological issues including increased stress, lower life satisfaction, depression, increased medical visits, and an overall increase in mortality risk compared to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at Providentia
Nobody knew quite what to make of it at first. According to one newspaper account published on March 17, 1887, a man, who appeared to be about sixty years of age, arrived in Norristown, Pennsylvania and promptly rented a store.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at Providentia
While spirit mediums and trance channellers come and go, there has never been anyone else quite like Catherine Elise Muller (more commonly known as Helene Smith). Born in Geneva, Switzerland in 1861, Catherine`s father was a Hungarian merchant with a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at Providentia
Three studies in the journal Developmental Psychology examined the short-term impact of television (TV) on children’s executive function (EF). Study 1 (N = 160) showed that 4- and 6-year-olds’ EF is impaired after watching 2 different fast and fantastical shows,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Providentia
Following a long campaign of harassment directed against a woman who allegedly "cursed" her, a U.K. court has ordered Hilary Joy Osborne not to have any contact with her victim for the next two years. According to testimony given in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Providentia
Can having a sense of purpose in life help people live longer? According to one definition, a sense of purpose is characterized as "having goals in life and a sense of directedness; feeling there is meaning to present and past... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at Providentia
Continued from Part One When Ray Palmer met with Shaver, he was apparently impressed enough by his sincerity to devote entire issues of his magazine to presenting this fantastic story to his readers. And it paid off. While Palmer usually... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2015 at Providentia
Overeating and obesity are associated with impulsivity. In studies among patients with a substance use disorder, impulsivity was found to be associated with substance-related attentional bias. A new study in the journal Health Psychology examined whether obesity, impulsivity and food... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at Providentia
Not long following a controversial announcement by Pope Francis that the devil was "punishing Mexico with criminal violence" to undermine the Christian faith of the Mexican people, an exorcism was quietly carried out in the cathedral of the city of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at Providentia
Continued from Part One Getting help to overcome shyness, introversion, or other barriers to intimacy can be harder than you might think. While parents or friends will be sympathetic, they may not be in a position to offer advice on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at Providentia
For Richard Sharpe Shaver, the long odyssey reportedly began in 1932 when he first overheard the secret plotting of the underground race of evil robots he would later call "deros." At the time, Shaver was a 25-year-old welder working in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at Providentia