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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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Young children are surrounded by fictional media, including books, videos, and games. Often they are expected to learn new information from these explicitly fictional sources, while simultaneously avoiding confusion about what is true in the real world versus what is... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at Providentia
In Afghanistan, it is called bacha bazi. Though literally meaning "boy play" in Persian, it can apply to a wide range of sexual practices involving an older man (who is usually called a bacha baz) and a younger boy, often... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Providentia
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Continued from Part Two While hysteria remained at a fever pitch in New Orleans after the murder of Mike Pepitone on October 21, 1919, it would be months before people realized that the Axeman's reign of terror was over. Though... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Providentia
On March 24, 2015, Germanwings Flight 9525 left Barcelona's El Prat Airport en route to Dusseldorf, Germany. The plane, an Airbus A320-211 carrying 144 passengers and six crew members showed no problems until passing the French coast near Toulon when... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Providentia
In a new study published in the journal Health Communication, a content analysis of media coverage of Michele Bachmann’s erroneous comments that the HPV vaccine causes mental retardation explores the relationship between truth-telling (the presentation of accurate information) and balance... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Providentia
Eight years after a horrific incident in which a passenger on a Greyhound bus was decapitated, the man found not criminally responsible for the death has received an absolute discharge. Though he has already been living in the community since... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Providentia
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Continued from Part One On Friday, March 14, 1919, while Axeman panic in New Orleans was at an all-time high, the editor of the New Orleans Times-Picayune received a letter, purportedly written by the Axeman himself. The letter stated: Hell,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Providentia
Falsehood is easy, truth so difficult. George Eliot How confident are you that you can tell when a child is lying? And what if it was one of your own children? Though every parent deals with this scenario at some... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at Providentia
Professionals recommend parents engage in distracting activities to mitigate negative effects of inconsolable infant crying (e.g., Deyo, Skybo, & Carroll, 2008; Goulet et al., 2009). In a study recently published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, researchers evaluated the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Providentia
On New Year's Eve, 46-year-old Sidnei Ramis de Araujo entered the Campinas, Brazil home where his ex-wife, Isamara Filler, was celebrating the end of 2016 with her family. After a gun rampage in which he killed twelve people, including his... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Providentia
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While I'm in New Orleans attending the annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, I'd though I'd post about one of the most notorious episodes in this city's history.... It all began on May 23, 1918 when the bodies of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Providentia
Previous studies have demonstrated that clinging to unattainable goals is linked to the onset of depression. A new study published in the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry investigated whether symptoms of a clinical depression are adaptive in that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Providentia
On July 26, 2012, the following question was posted on Reddit: “Reddit’s had a few threads about sexual assault victims, but are there any redditors from the other side of the story? What were your motivations? Do you regret it?”... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Providentia
A strange murder trial which tested the very limits of the Canadian judicial system ended when a Toronto woman who represented herself was found guilty of murdering her husband. 41-year-old Xiu Jin Teng was silent as a jury found her... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Providentia
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On May 31, 1778, the Reverend Joseph Easterbrook, Anglican vicar of the now-abandoned Temple Church in Bristol, England, was called in on what would become the most bizarre case of his clerical career. Sarah Baber, a member of his parish,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at Providentia
Whatever you might think of "love at first sight", finding a relationship and making it work is never easy. While countless movies, television shows, and romance novels help convey the idea that romantic love and a fulfilling sex life are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at Providentia
Research indicates that antigay bias follows a specific pattern (and probably has throughout written history, at least in the West): (a) men evince more antigay bias than women; (b) men who belong to traditionally male coalitions evince more antigay bias... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at Providentia
This week marks the tenth anniversary of my Providentia blog. It's been a long journey but I managed to stick with it and, in the process, learned to beef up my writing skills and, hopefully, educate some people on the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at Providentia
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Continued from Part Tw0 Interestingly enough, all three men convicted of Nelson Rehmeyer's murder did relatively well in prison. Certainly none of them served their full sentence and managed to return to their lives, albeit older and somewhat wiser. After... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2017 at Providentia
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It was a crime that nobody would have expected in peaceful Switzerland. Jean Lanfray was a 31-year old labourer who lived with his pregnant wife and two children on the second floor of a farmhouse in Commugny, Switzerland. His parents... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at Providentia
A new study published in the Journal of Positive Psycholog tudy examined whether dispositionally happy individuals feel less happiness when another person experiences a misfortune. Happy individuals are known to be less vulnerable to upward comparison information. In addition, schadenfreude... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at Providentia
He that spareth the rod hateth his own son but he that loveth him correcteth him betimes/Withhold not correction from a child: for if thou strike him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at Providentia
While the India city of Bangalore once enjoyed a reputation as a place where women could walk in safety, there was little evidence of that in an appalling spectacle that took place on New Year's Eve. Despite the presence of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at Providentia
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Continued from Part One As more more information about Nelson Rehmeyer's murder emerged during the trial, newspapers reported every lurid details as sensationally as they could. Along with story titles such as "Witches Ride Broomsticks in Hex Trial", the way... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at Providentia
Religious accommodation in the workplace remains a contentious issue in the United States. In a recent study published in the journal Personality and Indidual Diffferences, researhers conducted an experiment to examine how individual differences in right-wing authoritarianism (RWA) shape how... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Providentia