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Stories by Dr Glenville Ashby

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

"Without commerce and industry a people perish economically. The negro is perishing because he has no economic system."- Marcus GarveyToday, as it did in 1571, Africa is faced with an existential crisis, the likes that threatens to culturally and...

Published:Sunday | September 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

A couple of years ago, I began psychoanalytic training and it required that I undergo personal analysis (therapy).This was a giant step for me, having spent my formative years in Trinidad where family therapy, marital counselling, and related...

Published:Sunday | August 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

The Psychology of oppression - Why it is important to challenge the myths surrounding slavery (The Sunday Gleaner, July 8, 2018) stirred widespread interest among readers.Of the many emails I received, there was one that more than stood out, an...

Published:Sunday | August 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Christian leader Pat Robertson insulted our ancestors when he blamed the 2010 Haitian earthquake on voodoo. Not a single black pastor responded. Shameful.Psychologists, sociologists, historians and students of slavery in the Americas must add Fred...

Published:Sunday | August 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

This is the conclusion of an interview with educator and author Dr Fred Kennedy.In your book 'Daddy Sharpe' there is confusion among slaves, particularly those born in Africa. When presented with Christianity they resisted, while other slaves (...

Published:Sunday | July 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Dr Kennedy, you have written extensively about 'Daddy Sharpe', what does that name mean to you?The Honourable Samuel Sharpe, deservedly one of Jamaica's seven national heroes, represents for us the greatness of our people. He exhibited the qualities...

Published:Sunday | July 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Since time immemorial, death, an inexhaustible, implacable enemy, has stalked and devoured mankind. A sworn enemy,...

Published:Sunday | July 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

As a critic, I have been fortunate to receive books from the boundless talent in the region.Recently, a young writer sent me material that while exemplary on many levels, included an assertion that, in my opinion, yearned for clarity. In fact, her...

Published:Sunday | June 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Religion has been criticised for its zealotry, unyielding orthodoxy and blindness to reason.Of religious sins, especially religion-fuelled wars, we are by now desensitised. But there is one religious intransigence, one dogma so insidious, that we...

Published:Sunday | June 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

There is an originality and near indescribable authenticity to paganism. It reflects an instinctive and natural way of paying homage to the universal energy of which we are part, and echoes the wise words of Cicero: "Everything is alive; everything...

Published:Sunday | June 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Good day, readers. This week, we respond to another reader's question.Hello, Mr Francis,I have been reading your articles in The Sunday Gleaner now for quite a while. I find it very informative and I have been able to learn a lot from it. Now I...

Published:Sunday | June 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Most meditative postures are sourced from the East, the most popular being the lotus pose. The 'lotus', as it is popularly called, requires some degree of flexibility as the practitioner is required to sit on the...

Published:Sunday | June 3, 2018 | 12:30 AMDr Glenville Ashby

“When you implore your God for help, be prepared to do the heavy lifting.” - Glenville Ashby The Lord’s Prayer is arguably the most recited supplication in Christianity. It is referred to by Marshall Connelly of Catholic Online...

Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Psychiatrist Frantz Fanon explored the conscious and unconscious forces behind colonialism.In his seminal works, Black Skin White Masks and Wretched of the Earth, Fanon describes the psychic brutality that racism unleashes...

Published:Sunday | May 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

You never know what the day brings. It is 7 a.m. and I am sharing a few photos with a trusted friend, photos I received from Ghana.He stared at them, intently. There was one photo that stood out, for good reason. It showed a white edifice...

Published:Sunday | May 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

There is nothing to fear beyond death because there is nothing there to fear, not even the consciousness of nothingness.- LucretiusThe living at least know that they will die, but the dead know...

Published:Sunday | April 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

"It is not only a matter of rooting out cruelty directed to those least able to defend themselves and most in need of compassion. It is a timely reminder that mass rallies and television and mail-order technology permit...

Published:Sunday | April 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

While Christian apologists are busy defending the historical, theological and evidential bases of their faith, the Church continues to crumble from within.Its moral failures have impeded its ability to ably address social problems without sounding...

Published:Sunday | April 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Eddie Long, Pastor Haggard, Billy James Hargis, George Alan Rekers, and Lonnie Frisbee are just a few evangelical ministers who were forced to step down after their homosexual encounters were exposed. What makes these cases interesting is the...

Published:Sunday | March 25, 2018 | 12:59 AMDr Glenville Ashby

It is a practice shrouded in mystery. It is called mourning, a rite of passage practised by the Shouter Baptist faith in Trinidad and Tobago. This period is marked by litany of prayers, chanting and rituals. The initiate is blindfolded (an optional...

Published:Sunday | March 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

"As planets move in orbit around stars so too electrons orbit the nuclei of atoms creating bioelectricity, the matter which makes up our bodies. We are electric beings, and when our circuitry is operating efficiently, our personal energy, health and...

Published:Sunday | March 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

As I approached the Kali Temple in Tacarigua, Trinidad, I was hesitant, mindful that I would be one of the few, if not the only, Afro-Trinidadian there.Maybe I was being self-conscious, but in my early 20s, I had heard enough canards of the seething...

Published:Sunday | February 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Clinical psychologist Audeya Fuller recalls her childhood and adult years as an ardent Christian "dedicated to the tenets of faith".The resident of Kingston, Jamaica, candidly details her 'Eureka Moment', an encounter with God. In many ways, Fuller...

Published:Sunday | February 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

"We were not good but God had pity on us. ... So my brothers, we had no good works, for all our works were evil. Yet, although men's actions were such, God, in his mercy did not abandon them ..."- St Augustine of HippoJohn braved subzero degrees...

Published:Sunday | February 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Called a universal genius, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) and other philosophers, such as Immanuel Kant, introduced an intriguing concept that influenced 17th century thought called 'The Principle of Sufficient Reason'.This concept argues...

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