Rev. Waithe became personally aware of the need for selected and specific materials to be done on attempting to assist people of the Caribbean acknowledge and approach in a conscious manner human sexuality. He thought that Caribbean people needed to recognize, understand and accept their sexuality rather than approach it in an air of ambivalence. In his view, the materials written in this field, had an absence of how to really apply pastoral counseling to the Caribbean people; who in his mind had a characteristic history and culture pertaining to their approach to sexuality. The writer has a firm belief that nurture has a he role to play in the human behaviour of Caribbean folks. He also exerts a strong emphasis of quoting and data to show his confirmation of history on influencing sexuality.
It is the authors intention to assist the pastoral counselor and facilitate insight on the approaches, techniques and research needed and available, which an create understanding for him/her. The author has simple but concise psychological statements which he has spread out into a broader horizon:What causes us to behave the way we do?How can we as men and women improve family showing love, care, empathy devotion and responsibility?How can we alter thee negatives behaviours and responses?What avenues can the church use to assist Caribbean people in meeting the above mentioned purpose?He also looks at how the pastoral counselor may put the male at case to enlighten him on the sources, which are unconsciously hindering his ability to accept responsibility in the home. It also assists women who have been taught to be submissive or extra careful to examine the root cause of such behaviours. He stated that the eclectic approach is primary in improving the counseling techniques of the pastoral counselor.
The author stresses the need for pastors to be masterful and educated with greater knowledge and competence on psychological theorists and counseling techniques. Rev. Waithe has presented his work and findings in a topical context, which suggests what the body of presentation will consist of. He introduced the writings of Dr. Harold Liet who stated that “sexuality refers to being sexual and is combined or linked to our typed personality”.
The author genuinely attempts to present his findings and information in a disinterested format. It is, however, my view that a male will be more knowledgeable of his counterparts’ behaviours and inner workings than he would of the feminine gender. He strength his information with quoting and data resources of both female and male researchers in similar fields; to this, totally concur.
Chapter two begins with the topic of sexuality and the church giving an historical overview. He highlights the fact that the church has a hushed manner towards discussing the views of sexuality. There is also the importance of working to overcome this barrier. He believes that such behaviour are evoked from the church leaders who were also uncomfortable of talking about and viewing their own sexuality. There is also the importance of working to overcome this barrier. They have come to impose such behaviours unto their church population, which he describes as anti-sexual. The reader agrees that for any pastor etc. to perform pastoral counseling pertaining to sexuality must first obtain knowledge; however, this can only be achieved by accepting ones own sexuality. This therefore is somewhat going against the tradition of the church. The author states that the pastoral counselor should not shun the task of counseling on the topic of sexuality but attempt to help the counselee realize and overcome limitations. He also sees this as as a way by which pastors can share the appropriate values and guidelines of a biblical sense with the public. He concluded on the note that the Caribbean has been entrenched in myths and taboos about sex. Both the church and the school traditionally ignored sex as an area for general...
Bibliography: Rev. Neilson Waithe, Caribbean Sexuality, © 1995, Moravian Church of America Pub. -All Rights Reserved
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