Slaying the Three-Headed Dragon: Spirit Healing from Memetic Infection

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P. Tony Jackson


Violence has a tremendous impact on the social fabric of the Black community at large and on society as a whole. This paper provides an overview of a brief group intervention based on Afrocentric methodology and the seminal work of Dr. Nobles (1986c) on ‘path-of-life development’. Three of Dr. Nobles’ four stages (decomposition, germination and transformation) establish a framework for the intervention presented in this paper as well as an organizing theme for addressing what Dr. Nobles (2015) refers to as ‘memetic infection’.
The paper further proposes an African-centred organization of mixed media, as a component of the intervention, to address the lingering psychological effects of chattel slavery, including those that have corrupted and distorted Black identity and African consciousness, owing to ‘memetic infection’ and its outgrowth, the ‘Three-Headed Dragon’. Addressing the ‘Three-Headed Dragon’ – depression, frustration tolerance, anger, cognitive/ emotive factors highly correlated with violent behaviour – has not been central to the efforts of the United States to reduce violence among young men of African descent (Jackson 2015). Finally, Dr. Nobles’ concept of ‘Kinzungu Zongu’ (tornadoes of the mind), and his identification of toxic ‘sensoria information structures’, along with Akbar’s (1986b) assertion that the spiritual psyche of Black youth has been killed by a deliberate falsification of their historical reality, help establish a template for understanding and conceptualizing treatment of ‘spirit illness’ in diaspora as well as continental Africans.


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Jackson, P. (2016). Slaying the Three-Headed Dragon: Spirit Healing from Memetic Infection. Alternation Journal, (18), 295-326. Retrieved from
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P. Tony Jackson, Skyline College