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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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I remember a few years back attending a meeting and hearing sex therapist and media figure, Sue Johanson give a talk on sexuality. At one point, she had us in stitches by saying, “Surveys show that 97% of men reported... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Providentia
Workplace violence is a known risk factor for diminished mental health and turnover intentions. Yet, to this day, researchers still do not know how victimized workers cope over time or how organisations can best help them recover. A new study... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Providentia
Sometime during the mid-1980s, police picked up a middle-aged man who had been reportedly living "a hermit's life" by sleeping rough in a Dublin bus shelter. All that he had with him was a dog (said to be "on loan")... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Providentia
Rome's Museo Criminologico [Criminological Museum] may not be to everybody's taste, but it's definitely worth seeing (alas, it's now closed though, hopefully, that will change in future). The museum's collection features photographs and memorabilia from some of the most gruesome... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Providentia
As one of the leading French mathematicians of his generation and author of two books on elementary geometry, Jacques Hadamard was always open to new mathematical ideas. When he received a mathematical proof in the mail from a previously unknown... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Providentia
In line with the advanced medical technologies and popularity of media (especially, social media), an emerging trend regarding remote home care services has received increasing attention. A new paper published in the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies proposed a smart... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2020 at Providentia
On a per-capita basis, Canadians are among the highest consumers of anti-depressants in the world. According to OECD statistics, Canadians consume 86 dosages per 1,000 people, with only the US (110 dosages), Iceland (106) and Australia (89) placing higher. But... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2020 at Providentia
Continued from Part One Almost from the moment he arrived in Japan, Issei Sagawa’s legal status remained murky. While the Japanese police wanted to place new charges to ensure that he would stay in prison, they were stymied because the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2020 at Providentia
John Radclive never planned to be a hangman. Born and raised in England, he would later state that he had originally intended to become a clergyman, "but I was no hypocrite and I gave it up". After years of military... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2020 at Providentia
Research has suggested that using two or more languages on a daily basis helps older adults maintain a heightened functional state and improves neurocomputational efficiency. In a new review published in the Journal of Neurolinguistics, researchers discuss studies that have... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2020 at Providentia
On May 24, the bodies of Nawaraj Bishwakarama and Tika Ram Sunar were found on the banks of the banks of the Bheri river in the Jajarkot district of Southern Nepal. The bodies of three of their friends were found... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2020 at Providentia
On June 11, 1981, 25-year-old Renee Hartevelt accepted a dinner invitation from one of her classmates, a 32-year-old Sorbonne doctoral candidate named Issei Sagawa. As Sagawa would later tell police, Hartelevelt came to his Paris apartment believing that she would... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2020 at Providentia
Firefighters are vulnerable to developing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcohol use disorder (AUD). Anxiety sensitivity (AS) is a cognitive-affective mechanism with clinical relevance to both PTSD and AUD. A new study in the journal Addictive Behaviors examined the potential... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2020 at Providentia
One thing you could say about phrenologist and author, Orson Squire Fowler, he certainly knew how to grab your attention. Part of my collection of rare psychology books is an 1875 volume by Fowler. The title certainly leaves little to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2020 at Providentia
In new study published in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, children aged 4.75–8.50 years (n = 127) listened to testimony about improbable or impossible events—referencing either spoken hearsay, a book, or the internet—and judged whether the events could occur... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2020 at Providentia
When her son Cato was two months old, London-based literary agent Catherine Cho and her husband took an extended trip to the United States in 2018 to see friends and family. Nobody expected the ordeal that would follow that would... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2020 at Providentia
We don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing - George Bernard Shaw For all that we are regularly besieged with slogans such as "60 is the new 40", many people continue to view... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2020 at Providentia
On March 6 1854, when Robert Schumann first became a patient at a private sanatorium located in Endenich (now part of Bonn), he assumed that entering as a voluntary patient would count in his favour when he eventually decided to... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2020 at Providentia
For all the controversy surrounding John Broadus Watson and his famous Little Albert study, it was what was happening behind the scenes at the time that ultimately cost him his position at John Hopkins University. During the winter of 1919-1920,... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2020 at Providentia
Distracted walking is an ever-increasing problem. Studies have already shown that using a smartphone while walking impairs attention and increases the risk of accidents. A new study in the journal Addictive Behaviors seeks to determine if smartphone-addiction proneness magnifies the... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2020 at Providentia
A bill designating 988 as a 3-digit dialing code for a National Suicide and Mental Health Crisis hotline is close to becoming law after being unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate this week. The bill, which was introduced in January... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2020 at Providentia
“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” While the famous lines by... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2020 at Providentia
Through the process of prospection, people can mentally travel in time to summon in their mind’s eye events that have yet to occur. Such depictions of the future often differ than those of the present, as do choices made for... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2020 at Providentia
Human rights critics are condemning a new "Family Resilience" law tabled by conservative lawmakers which has been condemned as sexist and homophobic. Under the new law, gay and transgender people would be forced to undergo “rehabilitation” — an catch-all term... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2020 at Providentia
The 1930s was a turbulent decade for Italian psychiatry, largely due to widespread interest in "physical therapies" for treating asylum inmates. Use of Insulin coma, barbituate narcosis, and other medical interventions represented an exciting alternative to the psychoanalytic movement of... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2020 at Providentia