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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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As part of a plan to "drive the devil" out of the port town of Buenaventura in Colombia, the local bishop will be conducting a mass exorcism using a military helicopter. Monsignor Rubén Darío Jaramillo Montoya, Bishop of the Diocese... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Providentia
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Long before Dan Brown and his DaVinci Code, the legend of Mary Magdalene was a strong part of early Church doctrine. Despite the lack of any scriptural basis, the tradition of Mary Magdalene as a reformed prostitute who found salvation... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Providentia
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It's hard to say exactly when "Patience Worth" first came into Pearl Curran's life. Born Pearl Lenore Pollard in 1883, her childhood seemed normal enough. By all accounts, she was extremely sensitive about her appearance and wished that she were... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Providentia
Considerable work has examined the reasons men and women pretend to orgasm, but few studies have examined how mating motives relate to the various reasons they might do so. Data from an online (N = 656), snowball sample, published recently... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Providentia
A South Carolina man has been sentenced to death in the 2014 murder of his five children. Despite pleading not guilty by reason of insanity, a jury has recommended the death penalty for Timothy Jones Jr. A week earlier, the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2019 at Providentia
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There are certain headlines that just naturally draw the eye. And, ao it was on November 6, 1892 in newspapers across the United States when readers saw a story with the following heading: "HUMAN VAMPIRE Horrible Practices of a Deranged... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2019 at Providentia
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By 1895, Sigmund Freud's theories of psychoanalysis and the unconscious were still in the formative stage but his revolutionary "talking cure" for treating neurosis had already made him well-known. It seemed only natural that 27-year old Emma Eckstein should seek... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2019 at Providentia
The Internet has partly displaced traditional offline meeting venues for partners. A new study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences examines whether meeting online is selective, i.e., whether there are differences in Big Five personality traits and sociodemographic... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2019 at Providentia
What makes movies that are sad or scary so popular? For that matter, why do people enjoy roller-coasters, bungee jumping, or any of the countless other activities that seem to serve no purpose except to make people feel terrified, however... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2019 at Providentia
They're known by many names across Afghanistan. Whether they're called "haunted," "crazy", "stupid", or "idiots", people suffering from mental illness have few options for treatment. In the Afghan city of Jalalabad, for example, families often leave their mentally ill relatives... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2019 at Providentia
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For all that the prevailing view of 19th century men was that women were "the weaker sex", not every woman was willing to agree. Despite the formidable barriers placed in their path, women managed to force their way into the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at Providentia
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A Shocking and Senseless Crime. On April 18, 1936, an unidentified intruder (referred to as a "degenerate" in newspaper coverage of the crime) entered a home in Pueblo, Colorado through an unlocked door. The owners of the house were not... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2019 at Providentia
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a common risk factor for later neurodegeneration, which can manifest as dementia. Despite this, little is known about the time-course of development of functional deficits, particularly cognitive and neuropsychiatric impairments, and whether these differ depending... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2019 at Providentia
While Taiwan made legal history on May 1... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2019 at Providentia
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Life wasn't easy for older men in a pre-Viagra era. Which is what make the various "cures" being offered by men of science of the time so appealing. Though aphrodisiacs to enhance libido have been reported since ancient times, these... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2019 at Providentia
It was a crime that shocked all of South Africa. On September 6, 1966, South African Prime Minister Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd entered the House of Assembly and prepared to take his seat. A parliamentary page named Dimitri Tsafendas quickly crossed... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2019 at Providentia
Although the Internet provides a variety of news, it also can give confusion caused by personal subjective thoughts such as personal TV, blogs, and unproven news. The unproven news is written in a subjective direction with added personal opinions rather... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2019 at Providentia
Months after a vicious hammer attack on an Aurora, Colorado mental health worker, the former patient accused of the attack pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in Arapahoe County District Court, according to prosecutors. The victim, 59-year-old Svetlana Martinez,... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2019 at Providentia
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The Murder of Dr. Robert Wade Brown On November 27, 1920, Washington physician Robert Wade Brown was shot to death while he was working in his D.C. office (which also happened to be part of his residence on West Eleventh... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2019 at Providentia
Passion is one great force that releases creativity, because if you're passionate about something, you're more willing to take risks. Yo-Yo Ma Is there a link between creativity and romantic passion? A new research article published in the Journal of... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2019 at Providentia
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Dan Leno was the prince of clowns. Born George Wild Galvin in 1860, he was the youngest of six children in an old London show business family. His father was a comedian and his mother was a singer and George... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2019 at Providentia
The concept of aphasia was first described as Yin Pai (most probably apoplexy aphasia) in the Yellow Emperor’s Internal Classic, which is the first medical classic and the origin of traditional Chinese medicine theory. A new article published in the... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2019 at Providentia
A California court has sentenced an Argentinian man to two years in prison for a "witchcraft extortion scheme" involving hundreds of victims around the world. In what was referred to as "a despicable scheme that preyed upon people who put... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2019 at Providentia
It was in the summer of 1998 when a Russian doctor was asked to examine an elderly patient at a hospital in Kazan (450 miles east of Moscow). Aside from the name under which he had been admitted, Andras Tamas,... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2019 at Providentia
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In 1995, a 14-year boy, Sandy Charles, lured a 7-year old acquaintance into some bushes near their homes in the town of La Ronge in northern Saskatchewan under the pretext of playing a baseball game with him. With the help... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2019 at Providentia