The Guidance Counsellor’s Handbook by Denise N. Fyffe

Book Excerpt On The Guidance Counsellor’s Handbook by Denise N. Fyffe

While pursuing my studies in counselling, I noticed that all the books we used were from overseas authors. As such, I decided to ensure that I represented for our country as well. It is the responsibility of writers, who can, to not be selfish in their endeavors, but to think about our countries welfare as … Continue reading Book Excerpt On The Guidance Counsellor’s Handbook by Denise N. Fyffe

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Book Excerpt On Jamaican Guidance Counsellor’s Handbook by Denise N. Fyffe

  Introduction Mrs. Goodrich showed up to the Fairies Secondary School as usual, looking forward to the challenges that would greet her in her chosen profession, as a School counsellor. Her day was particularly hectic and burdensome, as several boys got in trouble for missing classes and gathering at the back of the school and … Continue reading Book Excerpt On Jamaican Guidance Counsellor’s Handbook by Denise N. Fyffe

Feature on The Guidance Counsellor’s Handbook by Author Denise N. Fyffe

Credentials of the School Counsellor Most professionals are guided by ethical standards for which their members may be held accountable and professional practice improved. Relatively young professions such as school counselling, develop these standards over time and they become systematized in codes. From these standards and guidelines the responsibilities that govern school counsellors are derived. … Continue reading Feature on The Guidance Counsellor’s Handbook by Author Denise N. Fyffe

How does Education and Gender impact on work?

Feature on The Jamaican Guidance Counsellor’s Handbook by Author Denise N. Fyffe

Introduction It should be made particularly apparent that there is no separate distinction between the roles and responsibilities of a school counsellor. Seemingly, no understandable approach was identified to distinguish or separate what are roles, versus, what are responsibilities. What can be said however is that responsibilities are dependent on the type of role that … Continue reading Feature on The Jamaican Guidance Counsellor’s Handbook by Author Denise N. Fyffe

Forever a slave – Musings on the psychological reality of slavery

12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

Reblogged from Dr. Tammy Haynes: Opinions of a Clinical Psychologist in Jamaica

Know this – I am very pleased that 12 Years a Slave received the accolades heaped upon it. It was a good movie and in my opinion closely captures the inhumanity that is slavery.

However, I have a few words I would like to share regarding the movie, slavery and the perpetuation of horror and disease that still exists today.

I watched the movie in a Jamaican cinema ( which is an experience you should definitely try, if only for the ongoing commentary from the audience) and I was awestruck by the raw unadulterated images and injustice portrayed in the movie. The movie did not have any trappings of a fairytale finish, nor did it attempt to gloss over the absolute terror of slavery.

From a psychological point of view, I saw fear as masquerading anger, contempt and jealousy. I also saw the psychopathology inherent in slavery, not only from the slave side but also in the slave master. During the viewing I was struck by the revelation that slavery enslaved/enslaves not only the slave but also the slavemaster/backra/overser/planation owner. Complicit are all the people who worked around and in the business of slavery. The mind of people who enslave invariably became more riddled with obtuse justification and rage the longer the terms of their incarceration. Indeed, from a survival point of view the mind of a slave could and did become more addled enduring their terms of fate.

12 Years a Slave precursor to whipping scene with Lupita Nyong'o

12 Years a Slave precursor to whipping scene with Lupita Nyong’o

I remember Lupita Nyong’o’s performance and recalled thinking she was doing an excellent job of portraying one of the kinds of despondencies one would have to become to adapt, to survive that horror. The slightly crazed and disconnected dance she performed (in the presence of the rest of the slaves and the master and mistress of the plantation) was possibly one of the most bizarre scenes I have seen to date.

The long and short of it was that the movie was good at portraying as close to possible the spittle ridden worm that slavery was and still is. However, as gritty as it got, the movie only told a a small part of the torture, of even the true story it was telling, much less the far more wretched aspects of slavery. The real story of Solomon Northrup tells an even squalid tale, especially of the beating scene of Lupita’s character, including the fact that he (Solomon) was forced to splay her naked body on the ground pinned by stakes and give her 100 lashes. But I suppose that scene shot exactly the way it happened may have given it a different rating.

Other atrocities in first hand slave accounts  of the day include being tied naked to an ant nest and covered with molasses. The masters would watch as the person writhed in agony. Or the other first hand account of being systematically raped by the plantation owner. Or the first hand plantation owner account of raping and murdering people who were slaves detailed in technicolour and horror in their daily journal. This accepted behavior in slavery today reeks of psychopathology outdone only by cannibalism. In my mind Slavery was made up of these and other atrocities and stands as examples of the depth that greed and groupthink can enact when given time and space.

The effects of slavery including the racism, skin bleaching, nose straightening, mindless self-loathing continues today. Although people are no longer allowed to physically squeeze  the life out of a person with rope or hands for the color of their skin, in some places on earth people are allowed to kill other people only for instilling a rising fear in the mind of the murderer. People are still allowed to spit contemptuous verbal lynchings and every now and then people are still allowed to hang effigies of their own president for the color of his skin…well thats the land of the free for you. Indeed, slavery and the loathing of person’s for the color of their skin pervades our world’s consciousness in some absurd and pathological ways, too many to mention here.

12 Years a Slave collage

12 Years a Slave collage

The total disconnect of the ravages of slavery is so entrenched that even today some people (thanks to the twitterverse) voice that slaves were happy in their slavery and frolicked in the sunlight of the plantations.

Lost is the knowledge that slavery is not and will not ever be normal regardless of who is enslaved. Lost is the knowledge that slavery enslaves the slave as well as the master.

So my exalt to you is, understand not merely know the true history of humankind so you may never repeat it. Understand that slavery and racism is another example of a diseased mind. Here is an except of the New York Times original posting in 1853 of the story of Solomon Northrup, enjoy!:

Dr. Tammy Haynes

Know this – I am very pleased that 12 Years a Slave received the accolades heaped upon it. It was a good movie and in my opinion closely captures the inhumanity that is slavery. 

However, I have a few words I would like to share regarding the movie, slavery and the perpetuation of horror and disease that still exists today. 

I watched the movie in a Jamaican cinema ( which is an experience you should definitely try, if only for the ongoing commentary from the audience) and I was awestruck by the raw unadulterated images and injustice portrayed in the movie. The movie did not have any trappings of a fairytale finish, nor did it attempt to gloss over the absolute terror of slavery. 

From a psychological point of view, I saw fear as masquerading anger, contempt and jealousy. I also saw the psychopathology inherent in slavery, not only from…

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Jamaican Education : Post Graduate in Education – Intimidation tactics

Come hell or high water, I was going to stay ahead of the curve. Its that time again. I am back at the VTDI for my second semester of the Post Graduate in Education and in my first week I am already dreading the suckiness of it all. After conquering the first semester's demanding assignment … Continue reading Jamaican Education : Post Graduate in Education – Intimidation tactics

Pavlov courtesy of simplypsychology-org

Jamaican Education: Psychology of Teaching and Learning – Pavlov Game Designers

Tonight was fun. Tonight was challenging. Tonight was a test. Talk about being stretched to the limits of your creative capacity and realizing, you still have some wiggle room. Miss Ellis gave us an in class assignment that started with an 'huh?' and ended with a 'oh yeah!' Competition was stiff, brains were churning and … Continue reading Jamaican Education: Psychology of Teaching and Learning – Pavlov Game Designers

Jamaican Education: Psychology of Teaching and Learning – Teachers and their ethical behaviour in Jamaican schools

Teachers and their lack of ethical behavior in Jamaican schools have been tolerated for too long. Many forget that ethical guidelines are important and necessary to curb such unethical, unprofessional and deviant behaviors. Bad Teachers in Jamaica Many Jamaican teachers at the primary, secondary and tertiary level act like having professional ethics is a practice … Continue reading Jamaican Education: Psychology of Teaching and Learning – Teachers and their ethical behaviour in Jamaican schools

Jamaican Education : Psychology of Teaching and Learning – Reasons for Teaching

It was time for another class. Yes, I was still looking forward to these long sessions in Psychology of Teaching & Learning class. So far, I was gaining an education; learning about learners and the people who taught them. In our second class we reviewed a very popular question. I am sure many of you have … Continue reading Jamaican Education : Psychology of Teaching and Learning – Reasons for Teaching