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”Spiritus contra spiritum”: En religionspsykologisk studie av omvändelseprocesser hos medlemmar i Anonyma Alkoholister
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
”Spiritus contra spiritum” : A religious psychological study on transformation processes among members of Alcoholics Anonymous (English)
Abstract [en]

”Spiritus contra spiritum” - En religionspsykologisk studie avomvändelseprocesser hos medlemmar i Anonyma Alkoholister(”Spiritus contra spiritum” - A religious psychological study on transformation processesamong members of Alcoholics Anonymous)The purpose of this study was to understand and illustrate the conversion processes forpeople who have attained sobriety through membership in Alcoholics Anonymous. My aimwas to ascertain how the interviewees constructed their life story regarding their path tosobriety. I sought to learn how "God" as a function, a central tenet of AlcoholicsAnonymous, served the interviewees in achieving and maintaining sobriety. Dan P.McAdams’s (1993) The stories we live by: personal myths and making of the self, providedthe theoretical tools. Steinar Kvale´s (1997) The qualitative research interview provided themethod. The conclusion was that membership in Alcoholics Anonymous allowed theinformants a sense of healing, conversion and reconciliation from their earlier alcohol abuse.Through this confident community the informants were provided with the narrative meansto improve their life story and truth by a renewed identity and spiritual awakening.Keywords:

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2018. , p. 64
Keywords [en]
psychology of religion, religious studies, transformation processes, Alcoholics Anonymous, Twelve-step program.
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Religious Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-152773OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-152773DiVA, id: diva2:1258040
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Science of religion
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