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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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After seven-year-old Eleanor Johnston died suddenly at her home in a Philadelphia suburb in 1902, the resulting Coroner's report attributed her death to "cardiac arrest in syncopal form" resulting from "shock and convulsions due to fright." While the Coroner concluded... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Providentia
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“Medium Stands Test… Professors at University Fail to Discover Any Trickery in Woman’s Acts – She Has Never Been Educated, but Converses in Several Languages while in a Trance and Writes like an Expert.” Eusapia Palladino was riding high in... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Providentia
#MeToo has inspired the voices of millions of people (mostly women) to speak up about sexual harassment at work. The high-profile cases that reignited this movement have revealed that sexual harassment is and has been shrouded in silence, sometimes for... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Providentia
Despite early reports concerning the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine codeveloped by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, the news that many European countries have suspended or delayed rollouts due to safety concerns. While only a handful of cases of patients experiencing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2021 at Providentia
Today, Home of Truth, Utah is nothing more than a ghost town located in southeastern Utah just twenty-four miles south of Monticello. Visitors traveling to the Needles district of Canyonlands National Park near the town of Moab may occasionally stop... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2021 at Providentia
Predicting the end of the world is never easy. At least, that's what Johannes Stoeffler quickly came to realize. Born in 1452 in which is now Germany, Stoeffler excelled as a scholar and later established himself as the parish priest... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2021 at Providentia
Research has documented the psychological phenomenon in which the trip back from a destination is experienced as shorter than the trip to the destination. Deemed the “return trip effect” (RTE), prior work explained this phenomenon in terms of differential familiarity... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2021 at Providentia
When Indonesian police officer Abrip Asep went missing during the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, his family naturally assumed that he had died along with the 230,000 other victims of that disaster. Asep had been on duty in Indonesia's westernmost province,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2021 at Providentia
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On June 14, 1949, Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Eddie Waitkus was returning to his hotel room at Edgewater Beach Hotel on Chicago's North Shore when he received an urgent message at the hotel desk, apparently sent to him by a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2021 at Providentia
How dangerous can a prophecy be? And what happens to a prophet who turns out to be wrong? The story of Nongqawuse and the prophecy that led to the deaths of thousands of her fellow Xhosa in the mid-19th century... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2021 at Providentia
Chronic pain can disrupt everyday life and shatter beliefs about the world. Shattered beliefs may be rebuilt, either positively or negatively, leading to posttraumatic growth (PTG) or posttraumatic depreciation (PTD). According to a transdiagnostic emotion regulation perspective, these phenomena are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2021 at Providentia
The popular name for it is the "Dhammika Paniya." When self-proclaimed healer Dhammika Bandara announced late last year that he had discovered an herbal remedy that would not only cure COVID-19 but also provide lifelong immunity to the disease, he... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2021 at Providentia
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Among London’s spiritualists during the late 19th century, the undisputed queen had to have been Lizzie Nichol Guppy. Born Agnes Nichol (although she preferred to be called Lizzie when she became an adult) , she would later claim to have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2021 at Providentia
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It began with a brutal double murder on July 5, 1692 when a wine merchant and his wife were killed in the cellar of their shop in Lyons, France. Since the money known to be in the shop was missing,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2021 at Providentia
Does acute stress differentially alter cognitive functioning in older versus younger adults? While older adults may be better at handling stress psychologically, their physiological systems are less elastic, potentially impairing the cognitive functioning of older adults after a stressor. In... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2021 at Providentia
Police in the Indian state of Gujurat are investigating after a complaint was laid against a man described as a "witch doctor" by a woman alleging that he had sexually assaulted her repeatedly as well as blackmailing her and assaulting... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2021 at Providentia
On November 13, 1894, a conscientious neighbor passing by the Viroqua, Wisconsin farm owned by Mary Jonas noticed that her cows had not been milked as usual. He also noticed that there was no smoke coming from the chimney and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2021 at Providentia
Continued from Part One Though dozens of cases invoking the "unwritten law" would be heard in American courts by the end of the 19th century, the homicidal jealousy defense was basically limited to men. Any woman committing murder under similar... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2021 at Providentia
Loneliness has traditionally been studied on the individual level. A new study in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science is one of the first to systematically describe and explain differences in loneliness on a fine-grained regional level. Using data... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2021 at Providentia
"He was just always a busy kid, and was since the day he was born," she said. "He was always just doing his thing, playing music, [a] really happy kid." When Melanie Anderson heard unusual sounds coming from the bedroom... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2021 at Providentia
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TERRIBLE TRAGEDY IN WASHINGTON! P. BARTON KEY, U.S. DISTRICT ATTORNEY KILLED BY HON. DAN'L SICKLES of NEW YORK News of the murder of U.S. District Attorney Philip Barton Key (son of Francis Scott Key of Star Spangled Banner fame) on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2021 at Providentia
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Think of this as your word for the day: inedia.... Defined as the ability to live without food, it's most commonly associated with certain religious traditions concerning saints or ascetics who, through divine intervention or yogic discipline, were able to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2021 at Providentia
COVID-19 has generated an unprecedented level of public fear, likely impeding tourism industry recovery after the pandemic is over. This study explores what trigger the public's pandemic ‘travel fear’ and how people impose self-protection, coping and resilience related to travel.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2021 at Providentia
Police in India's Madhya Pradesh state in northern India are currently investigating the beating deaths of a a 26-year-old homoeopath and his three-year son during the course of a supposed exorcism. According to a media statement, police were alerted when... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2021 at Providentia
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It's still considered the largest man-made accidental explosion in history... Even during World War I, the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia was one of Canada's busiest ports. As the terminus of the St. Lawrence Seaway, its location made it the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2021 at Providentia