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When Mrs B met Jesus during radiotherapy: a single case study of a christic vision : psychological prerequisites and functions and considerations on narrative methodology
Umeå universitet, Humanistiska fakulteten, Institutionen för idé- och samhällsstudier.
2010 (engelsk)Inngår i: Archive for the Psychology of Religion/ Archiv für Religionspsychologie, ISSN 0084-6724, E-ISSN 1573-6121, Vol. 32, nr 1, s. 27-68Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
Abstract [en]

This study analyses a Christic vision, perceived by a woman during a radiotherapy session against  her cervix cancer. A detailed description of the vision is presented based on a photographic documentation of the radiotherapy room, a painting of the vision made by the visionary herself and narratives, retold two weeks after the vision, and again, one year later. Perceptual, social, and psychodynamic psychological theories are used to analyze the psychological prerequisites of the vision. It is shown that the vision is, in psychological terms, an illusion rather than a hallucination. Different possible origin mechanisms to the vision are discussed as well as why the vision is attributed to Jesus. The psychological function of the vision is analyzed with regard to the visionary's religious behavior and the role of this experience in coping with the cancer disease. It is argued that the visionary's religious commitment is being strengthened and that the vision functions as a catalyst for already formed religious coping mechanisms. It also initiates at least one new kind of religious coping mechanism in the visionary's coping system. A critical discussion of methods in research concerning narratives of religious experiences is done in the light of the results of the analyses undertaken in this paper where some problems with deep interviews conducted at one point in time is highlighted. This kind of data collection appears more fragile when attempting to explain a phenomenon in terms of cause and events (in this case: the psychological prerequisites of the vision) than when trying to understand a phenomenon (in this case: the psychological function of the vision).

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Brill Academic Publishers, 2010. Vol. 32, nr 1, s. 27-68
Emneord [en]
Jesus, apparition, Christic vision, vision, illusion, hallucination, coping, narrative, methodology, radiotherapy, cancer, faith, religion
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religionspsykologi
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-36706DOI: 10.1163/008467210X12626615185667ISI: 000289727400003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-36706DiVA, id: diva2:355878
Tilgjengelig fra: 2010-10-08 Laget: 2010-10-08 Sist oppdatert: 2018-06-08bibliografisk kontrollert
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1. Religiositet och coping: religionspsykologiska studier av kristna med cancer
Åpne denne publikasjonen i ny fane eller vindu >>Religiositet och coping: religionspsykologiska studier av kristna med cancer
2017 (svensk)Doktoravhandling, med artikler (Annet vitenskapelig)
Abstract [en]

This thesis investigates the interdependence of religiosity and a life situation changed by cancer, focusing especially on the coping process. This implies analyses of a number of identified expressions of religiosity regarding prerequisites and functions in the coping process. In order to synthesize the results from the studies, the aim has been operationalized into three comprehensive research questions that were posed to each of the empirical studies of the thesis: 1) What are the functions of the analysed expressions of religiosity during the coping process? 2) What prerequisites for the influence of religiosity on the coping process can be identified?  3) How is religiosity influenced by a life situation changed by cancer? The empirical studies are presented in four separate articles. Each of the studies has its own specific research questions that are related to the comprehensive research questions. The method was qualitative and explorative. The research material was gathered with qualitative interviews of 20 Swedish informants of varying gender, age, congregational affiliation and diagnosis. The informants defined themselves as Christians and practised their Christian faith and had or had had a cancer disease. There is longitudinal data from half of the group. The theoretical framework was based on the coping theories developed by Kenneth Pargament and Ruard Ganzevoort and complemented by, among other things, the object-relations theoretical concept of transitional objects.

The results show that most of the analysed expressions of religiosity function as a preserving coping method but some of them also function as a reconstructing coping method. In some cases, the expressions of religiosity also function as methods of attributing control, either to God or to the individual. Two main groups of prerequisites for the expressions of religiosity were identified in conjunction with the coping process: contextual and psychological. The former could in turn be divided into religious and medical contexts; the latter into several different kinds, such as perceptual psychological factors, the need to create and use transitional objects, locus of control, and personality traits. Reconstructing coping methods imply varying degrees of changes in the informants’ religiosity, both regarding the analysed expression of religiosity and other expressions of religiosity. In addition to gaining insights into the interdependence of religion and coping for Christians living with cancer, the study contributes to the development of the psychology of religion coping theory by adding to the theory: 1) suggested specifications to the current concepts of Pargament’s coping theory; 2) the concept coping tool; 3) the distinction between functional and relational regarding the concepts of coping mechanism and coping method; 4) the coping mechanism attributing, and 5) the distinction between unilateral and bilateral deferring coping styles. The results indicate that the coping process can include a creative element in the form of a search for, or creation of, functional coping methods and/or coping tools which enhance the functionality of the coping process.

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Umeå: Umeå universitet, 2017. s. 110
Emneord
psychology of religion, religious studies, coping, coping process, coping theosy, Christians, religiosity, cancer, religionspsykologi, religionsvetenskap, coping, copingprocess, copingteori, kristna, religiositet, cancer
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religionspsykologi
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urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-135078 (URN)978-91-7601-692-3 (ISBN)
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2017-06-16, Hörsal E, humansithuset, Umeå universitet 901 87, Umeå, 13:00 (svensk)
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Swedish Cancer Society, CAN 2006/1181
Tilgjengelig fra: 2017-05-24 Laget: 2017-05-18 Sist oppdatert: 2018-06-09bibliografisk kontrollert

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