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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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Anonymity has been considered one of the constructs that differentiate traditional bullying from cyberbullying; however, few published studies have actually tested how and why anonymity influences cyberbullying behavior longitudinally. In a new study in the journal Psychology of Popular Media... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Providentia
On April 30, Nikil Joarder, a Hindu tailor, was hacked to death while sitting outside his shop in central Bangladesh. Joarder, who was in his early 50s, had been arrested in 2012 for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Islam though... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Providentia
Is it possible to teach a chimpanzee how to communicate? With stories of "feral children" being reported in India and the popularity of books such as Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book and Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan of the Apes, the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Providentia
Formed through an presidential order on June 13, 1942, the United States Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was intended to replace the intelligence gathering operations run by different military and executive departments with a single, centralized operation to aid the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Providentia
Previous research suggests that women, more than men, experience negative outcomes when they display dominance. A closer look, however, reveals ambiguity about the specific forms of dominance proscribed for women. In a new Psychological Bulletin article, authors suggest that negative... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at Providentia
Retirement is an issue that everybody worries about when they get older. We're regularly bombarded with advice about financial security and the need for a diversified portfolio of securities to meet whatever health costs will arise in future. With the... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Providentia
"I want my family back. I've had enough of my punishment. I’ll stop lying … I’ll show you I can change. I’m going to keep my locks as tight as possible on my feet.” The Ottawa courtroom was completely silent... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at Providentia
Though the bouts of mental illness that would earn him the title of "Mad King George" still lay in his future, the 61-year-old King George III was still popular with the British people. Which made the bizarre assassination attempt that... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at Providentia
Research has shown that great apes possess certain expectations about social regularities and both perceive and act according to social rules within their group. During natural and experimentally induced contexts, such as the inequitable distribution of resources, individuals also show... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at Providentia
First impressions matter. Experts say we size up new people in somewhere between 30 seconds and two minutes. Elliot Abrams From the first moment people lay eyes on you, the process of "sizing you up" begins. Whether you're being considered... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at Providentia
For Ria Sharma, the decision to dedicating her life to helping women suffering from acid attacks began with her work on a film documentary about acid attack survivors. "While I was shooting the documentary, I found myself in a government... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at Providentia
I'll be away for a family celebration this weekend so I thought I'd rerun one of my own posts this week. It was in 1954 when Dorothy Martin predicted the end of the world as we know it (and became... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2016 at Providentia
I was in Las Vegas a couple of months ago to attend a family wedding. Although it was my first time there, I pretty much knew what to expect. Since there was a huge casino right in my downtown hotel,... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at Providentia
Mefloquine continues to be a key drug used for malaria chemo-prophylaxis and treatment, despite reports of adverse events like depression and anxiety. It is unknown how mefloquine acts within the central nervous system to cause depression and anxiety or why... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at Providentia
In Japan, it's known as "Yukiko Syndrome." Following the suicide of Japanese pop singer Yukiko Okada in 1986, there was a sharp rise in copycat suicides. Though the suicide rate quickly returned to normal, "Yukiko syndrome" quickly took on a... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at Providentia
From May 2 to May 8, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is marking its annual Mental Health Week campaign to raise aware of mental health issues. This year's theme is #GET LOUD FOR MENTAL HEALTH and people are encouraged... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at Providentia
Continued from Part One When Jesse Pomeroy was convicted for first-degree murder on December 10, 1874, the question still remained about what to do with him. While the jury made a recommendation for mercy, newspapers across the country called for... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2016 at Providentia
Continued from Part 1 With two sisters who were part of Creffield's cult, George Mitchell felt ample justification for killing the man who had "seduced" them. After the shooting, he made no attempt to escape and calmly waited for the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at Providentia
For young people contemplating suicide, the Internet can be a very dangerous place. Despite numerous websites providing excellent advice about how to find help, there are far too many other sites that actually encourage users to kill themselves. Along with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at Providentia
England's decisive win in the 1966 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup championships thrilled soccer fans the world over. Not only was it England's first ever World Cup victory, but average attendance records for games set records that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Providentia
CONVICT DIES IN PRISON WHERE HE SPENT 60 YEARS: Heart Disease Takes Notorious Jesse Pomeroy Sentenced When Boy When newspapers across the country announced the death of convicted child killer Jesse Pomeroy on July 31, 1933, it was hardly surprisingly... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at Providentia
Still one of the most bizarre stories in Oregon's history, Franz Edmund Creffield is surprisingly unknown these days. Little seems to be known about his early life in Germany before coming to the United States. Born in 1871, he apparently... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Providentia
According to a new article published in the journal Canadian Psychology, the science of psychology has a long history of basing its research on a restricted sample of human beings (to say nothing of other species). A recent examination of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Providentia
When Kitty Genovese was brutally attacked and killed on March 13, 1964, the news would shock the world. Not because of the murder itself however, but due to reports that thirty-eight of her neighbours had watched the killing but did... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at Providentia
For Stephen Juma, it began with depression that became steadily worse. "I had battled an inner voice that kept telling me, ‘Kill yourself,’" said the 40-year-old father of twelve. "It was when I met a pastor in the project that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at Providentia