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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 people spend a lot of time playing video games these days. Whether they're building new worlds on Minecraft, doing battle on Call of Duty, committing mayhem on Grand Theft Auto, or roaming any of the other countless virtual worlds... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Providentia
The 2016 US Presidential campaign saw the meteoric rise to power of Donald J. Trump, unprecedented perhaps in the history of American politics not only for its style but also for its unswerving “address” (Lempert and Silverstein 2012) to a... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Providentia
For the two pensioners living in their home in Blackpool, England, their nightmare began when a 38-year-old man who identified himself only as "Gerry" first contacted them. Identifying himself as an account manager at the Lloyd's bank they had been... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Providentia
It all began on July 31, 1934 at a service station in Oklahoma City when an attendant was robbed at gunpoint of $17. Nobody was injured and the gunman managed to get away despite having a noticeable limp. Acting on... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Providentia
Though the actual number of raids by various law enforcement agencies and Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) agents carried out remains unknown, tens of thousands of these raids are estimated to occur each year across the United States. In recent... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2018 at Providentia
Cotard’s syndrome, a condition in which the patient denies his or her own existence or the existence of body parts, is a rare illness that has been reported in association with several neuropsychiatric diagnoses. The majority of published literature on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2018 at Providentia
“I started microdosing essentially because I was in a really depressed stage of my life. It was for mental health reasons – mood balancing, mood management. It was hard for me to leave my apartment and do normal things as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2018 at Providentia
A new paper published in the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences presents a historical analysis of the genesis, context, and function of “Operative Psychology,” a little‐known branch of applied psychology developed by employees of the Ministry of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2018 at Providentia
I'll be in Lisbon for a few days at the annual meeting of the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology. It will be my first time in Portugal so I'll be playing tourist while I'm there and won't have much... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at Providentia
Adolescence is society's permission slip for combining physical maturity with psychological irresponsibility. Terry Apter What kind of risks did you take as a teenager? It's become a basic truism that adolescence can be a time when we are far more... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2018 at Providentia
When 19-year-old Yukiko Okada committed suicide in 1986, her death shocked countless fans. But it was the legacy of death that soon followed which would forever be linked to her name. Though she had always wanted to be a singer,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2018 at Providentia
More than 500 million people worldwide live within exposure range of an active volcano and children are a vulnerable subgroup of such exposed populations. However, studies on the effects of volcanic eruptions on children’s health beyond the first year are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2018 at Providentia
It does seem amazing that the bizarre story of Carl Tanzier and Maria Elena de Hoyos isn't better known. Even with the strange directions that obsessive love can take, this case definitely stands out. While it's still difficult to separate... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2018 at Providentia
Exposure to physical workplace violence is one of the most serious threats to employee safety. A new study in the journal Psychology of Violence examines whether physical violence at work increases the risk of health-related absence from work and is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2018 at Providentia
When security guard Richard Jewell discovered a suspicious-looking backpack as part of his routine search of the Centennial Olympic Park grounds prior to the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, his quick thinking helped save countless lives. After notifying police, Jewell... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2018 at Providentia
There seems no doubt that exorcism is a growth industry these days. Not only are exorcists working for the Catholic Church reportedly overwhelmed with all the exorcism requests they have been receiving, but most mainstream churches are reporting the same.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2018 at Providentia
"I'm 29 years old and I've chosen to be voluntarily euthanised. I've chosen this because I have a lot of mental health issues. I suffer unbearably and hopelessly. Every breath I take is torture…" After a long legal battle, including... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2018 at Providentia
While most Americans were likely not that interested in the grisly details of a series of murders taking place in London's Whitechapel district back in 1888, that likely changed with a rather bizarre news story that made headlines in November... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2018 at Providentia
Despite substantial interest in the topic, there remains no consensus on the definition of serial killing, particularly in terms of the minimum victim count. Whereas most scholars had settled on either a three-victim or four-victim minimum, the Federal Bureau of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2018 at Providentia
As body modifications go, tongue splitting may not be one of the most extreme things people do to themselves, but it surely must place in the top ten. Despite its popularity over the past twenty-five years, medical doctors are warning... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2018 at Providentia
When 17-year-old Rehtaeh Parsons hanged herself on April 4, 2013, it was meant to bring an end to the relentless cyberbullying that had made her life unbearable. Not only had she been the victim of a gang rape by four... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2018 at Providentia
An important human skill is the ability to update one’s beliefs when they are no longer supported by the environment. Current models of dynamic decision-making suggest that more unexpected, or “surprising,” events lead to quicker belief updating. A new article... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at Providentia
Have you ever felt dizzy, lightheaded, or on the verge of passing out after standing up? For many people, this is often a sign of a sharp drop in blood pressure as the body adjusts to a standing position after... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at Providentia
When the first episode if what would be called the Tanganyika Laughter Epidemic occurred on January 30, 1962 at boarding school in Kashasha, Tanganyika (now Tanzania), no one suspected that what they were seeing would eventually affect over one thousand... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2018 at Providentia
A new literature review published in the Swiss Journal of Psychology examined the effects of self-esteem in the family context by looking 40 studies exploring the associations between self-esteem, coparental relationship, parent-child relationship, and global family functioning. The research focused... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2018 at Providentia