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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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Legend has it that when Judge Melville B. Gerry handed down a death sentence on Alferd Packer, he used these words, "There was seven Democrats in Hinsdale Country but you, you voracious man-eatin' son of a bitch, you ate five... Continue reading
Posted 18 hours ago at Providentia
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With the publication of Captain James Cook's journals of his extensive voyages around the world during the late 18th century, Europeans first became aware of a strange phenomenon that reportedly occurred among the various peoples of the Malay Archipelago. Known... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Providentia
A new study in the journal Computers in Human Behavior examines the effects of conformity to others online when individuals respond to fake news. It finds that after exposure to others' comments critical of a fake news article, individuals' attitudes,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Providentia
A women who swindled her grandmother out of almost her entire life savings to pay off her own mortgage will not be going to jail. Suzanne Calder, a 33-year-old production-line packer from Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, managed to drain her 71-year-old... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Providentia
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For Sir Clive Wigram, private secretary to King George V, handling the king's correspondence was all in a day's work. Even for Sir Clive, the strange-looking envelope that crossed his desk on February 1, 1931 was definitely out of the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Providentia
It was in 1954 when Dorothy Martin predicted the end of the world as we know it (and became part of psychology's history in the process). Born in 1900 in Mount Shasta, California, she was a housewife living in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2019 at Providentia
In social media’s attention economy “likes” are currency; photos showing faces attract more “likes.” Previous research has established a left cheek bias in photos uploaded to social media, but whether left cheek poses induce more engagement than right cheek poses... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2019 at Providentia
In a recent incident which has become all-too common in parts of India, four women were lynched by a mob in the village of Siskari in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand. The women, all of whom were between 45... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2019 at Providentia
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The American Civil War (a.k.a. The War Between the States) was long and terrible. The armed conflict that lasted from 1861 to 1865 is still the deadliest in American history with an estimated 620,000 soldiers killed along with an indeterminate... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2019 at Providentia
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In 1951, when a group of thirteen parents first filed a class-action suit against the Topeka, Kansas Board of Education over the continuing use of racial segregation, it sparked a three-year legal battle culminating in the fateful Brown vs the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2019 at Providentia
Cognitive impairments, especially memory problems, are frequent in patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and can reduce the quality of their life. A new study in the journal Advances in Cognitive Science evaluates the effectiveness of computerized cognitive rehabilitation on the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2019 at Providentia
A wildly successful rumour alleging that human sacrifices are needed to finish a controversial bridge in Bangladesh has led to widespread violence, including at least two deaths. Still under construction, the new bridge crossing the Padma river in Bangladesh is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2019 at Providentia
If you've ever visited Los Angeles, you've likely heard of Griffith Park. Located at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains, the park covers over 4000 acres which makes it one of the largest urban parks in North America.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2019 at Providentia
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Howard Unruh was born in 1921 in Camden, New Jersey and, by all accounts, lived a quiet life before enlisting to serve his country in World War Two. His tour of duty as a tank soldier was said to have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2019 at Providentia
Loneliness has potentially adverse effects on health and is often connected with depression, while maternal depression has been shown to have a harmful effect on many indicators of children’s socioemotional outcomes. The prevalence of loneliness among first-time mothers and its... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2019 at Providentia
“What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.” Robert F. Kennedy In... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2019 at Providentia
Classes at an integrated school in the Philippines have been suspended after twenty students collapsed in class and began showing symptoms suggesting that they were possessed. According to one teacher at the Father Gratian Murray Integrated School in Bacolod City.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2019 at Providentia
One of the most memorable figures of the eighteenth century must surely be the Chevalier Charles D'Eon(or Chevaliere Charlotte D'Eon as he became more famously known). Born in Tonnerre, France in 1728 to a distinguished family, Charles Geneviève Louis Auguste... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2019 at Providentia
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Kitty Genovese's murder on March 13, 1964 shocked the world. While the 29-year old bar manager was returning to her home in the Kew Gardens section of Queen's, New York, she was brutally attacked and killed. Her assailant, Winston Moseley,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2019 at Providentia
Natural disasters increase nicotine dependence and cigarette consumption, but the exact mechanisms and conditions responsible for this increase are relatively unclear. A study recently published in the journal Addictive Behaviors explored whether posttraumatic stress and depressive symptoms were pathways to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2019 at Providentia
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Alchemy has a very long history. First believed to have been practiced in Ancient Persia, the ancient dream of endless wealth and immortality has enticed practitioners for thousands of years. While attempts to transmute lead into gold or create the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2019 at Providentia
" Pain is a big part of women’s lives. We are not comfortable articulating to a doctor — we can’t even say the word “vagina” — and a lot of us end up suffering in silence. There are many myths... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2019 at Providentia
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It's hard to think of the right word to describe Emmanuel Swedenborg. Complex doesn't even come close. Born in 1688, Swedenborg's father was a bishop who often claimed to see spirits and made claims of miraculous cures (he also did... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2019 at Providentia
The sub-clinical personality traits of narcissism, psychopathy, Machiavellianism, and everyday sadism (i.e., the dark triad/tetrad) are known to predict subversive behaviours. Given increases in the prevalence of social media and internet use, and the growing knowledge about the negative consequences... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2019 at Providentia
In the wake of massive anti-vaccination campaigns being waged around the world, the World Health Organization has identified vaccine hesitancy as a major public health issue jeopardizing countless lives. Recognizing the role that social media sites play in spreading vaccine... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2019 at Providentia