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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 faced with negative life events, people often interpret the events by attributing them to the actions of God or Satan (Lupfer, Tolliver, & Jackson, 1996; Ritzema, 1979). To explore these attributions, a new article published in Psychology of Religion... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Providentia
Do nonhuman primates (such as chimpanzees and orangutans) have personalities? And how similar are these personality to humans who share an evolutionary history with them? Research looking at personality in humans has identified what is known as the Five-Factor Model... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Providentia
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"It is clear that no one is going to return to the imprisoned dissident his youth; to the young woman who has been raped her innocence; to the person who has been tortured his or her integrity. Nobody is going... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Providentia
Bringing a prospective boyfriend/girlfriend home to meet your parents is often nerve-wracking. What happens if your parents disapprove of who you've chosen to spend your life with? Or, maybe, even worse, what if your parents try to set you up... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Providentia
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Can lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) boost creativity? When Swiss chemist Albert Hoffman first synthesized the chemical compound he would name LSD-25 (being the twenty-fifth compound in the series lysergic acid derivatives he was working on), his discovery of its powerful... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Providentia
A study recently published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine sought toto (1) assess the long-term impact of war captivity on mortality and various health aspects and (2) evaluate the potential mediating role of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depressive... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Providentia
Family and friends of Atsumi Yoshikubo are still coming to terms with her bizarre disappearance in what appears to be a well-planned suicide. The 45-year-old Yoshikubo checked into the Explorer Hotel in Yellowknife in Canada's Northwest Territories on October 15.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Providentia
Over the past few decades, we've seen a rise in different interactive technologies and new ways of using them to treat various mental problems. Among other things, this includes online, computer-based, and even virtual reality approaches to cognitive-behavioural therapy. But... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Providentia
Continued from Part One Though dozens of cases invoking the "unwritten law" would be heard in American courts by the end of the 19th century, homicidal jealousy was limited to men. Any woman committing murder under similar circumstances would be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at Providentia
A research study published in the journal Psychiatry Research looked at the deaths of 98 victims of suicide in Tel Aviv, Israel between the years 2007 and 2010. This was done by examining background features and clinical characteristics among suicide... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Providentia
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From Mount Sinai to the Oracle at Delphi, the history of religion is filled with examples of "special places" where ancient peoples could receive messages from their gods. But could acoustic theory provide clues about the way sound and geology... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Providentia
Nobody enjoys growing older (though it certainly beats the alternative). As we age, our bodies change in a multitude of different ways. Along with graying hair and wrinkles, there is also a general decline in physical stamina due to decreased... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Providentia
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TERRIBLE TRAGEDY IN WASHINGTON! P. BARTON KEY, U.S. DISTRICT ATTORNEY KILLED BY HON. DAN'L SICKLES of NEW YORK News of the murder of U.S. District Attorney Philip Barton Key (son of Francis Scott Key of Star Spangled Banner fame) on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at Providentia
It is clear that while transition from being a driver to being a non-driver is an important, and often negative, event in the life of older adults, there is little support available to help older adults through this transition. A... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Providentia
"This is a very awful thing that I am going through. I hope that nobody else will have to ever go through nothing like this," When Alma Murdough launched a lawsuit against the City of New York over the death... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Providentia
On April 20, 2009, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon, an offshore drilling rig owned by Transocean Ltd resulted in the deaths of twenty oil workers and created a fireball that could be seen more than forty miles away. Since... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Providentia
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Imagine, if you will, that someone gave you a personality test and provided you with the following feedback on your personality: You have a need for other people to like and admire you, and yet you tend to be critical... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at Providentia
Children have many opportunities to learn from others through oral and written sources. Recent evidence suggests that early readers place more trust in written over oral testimony when learning names for unfamiliar objects. Across three studies recently published in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Providentia
When an unnamed single mother living in Yokohama decided to put in more hours working at the restaurant where she earned a meager income, she was left with the problem of who would care for her two children, aged three... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Providentia
What makes staying physically active so difficult as we grow older? Despite medical warnings about the dangers of being inactive, especially for older people, making excuses seems more attractive than trying to stay fit. For people over the age of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at Providentia
Continued from Part One As a test of Mollie’s supposed psychic powers, Dr. Hammond issued a challenge in the New York Sun. He would enclose a certified cheque for a large sum of money (at least $1000.00) in a single... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at Providentia
While it is commonly assumed that the United States uses foreign aid as an instrument to combat global terrorism, it is unclear whether it views terrorist threats to other countries, particularly its allies, with urgency. A new article in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Providentia
A lawsuit filed against the Board of Education in Maryland's Montgomery County claims that a phony psychologist employed by the Board is responsible for leaving the 18-year-old plaintiff "emotionally damaged." According to his lawyer, Ronald Karp, the plaintiff, who has... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Providentia
With the launch of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Iraqi Freedom (OIF), drones have become a vital part of the U.S. military's operations in different parts of the world. Controlled either by onboard computers or remote operated by operators on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Providentia
How does your baby handle anger? Research studies suggest that young children responding with excessive anger to blocked goals (such as taking away a favourite toy) can help identify whether they might be at risk for later problems such as... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Providentia