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Possession in the Modern Age: a Jungian analysis of possession within the Anglican faith
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Culture Studies, Religious Studies and Educational Sciences.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay uses interviews to gather information regarding the experience and belief which exists in regards to possession within the Anglican faith. It also uses Jungian psychology to analyse these experiences and beliefs; this is interesting because even in the modern day of science, possession continues to be a phenomenon. It still occurs closer to home than we may think; a modern western country such as England, where Anglicanism is the state religion, have special ministries assigned to deal with this in every diocese. The information was gathered through interviews and literature, to give both a qualitative and a quantitative perspective. This essay presents a possible psychological explanation for the cases of possession as experienced within the Anglican faith, which provides an alternative to the distress these individuals are experiencing rather than assuming it necessarily is of a spiritual nature. It does not, however, seek to prove or disprove the possibility of a spiritual cause behind this phenomenon.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 41 p.
Keyword [en]
Jungian psychology, Jungian analysis, possession, Anglicanism, Church of England, deliverance, exorcism, the unconscious, archetypes, synchronicity, artificial synchronicity
Keyword [sv]
Jungiansk psykologi, Jungiansk analys, besatthet, Anglikanism, exorcism, andeutdrivning, det omedvetna, arketyper, synkronicitet, artificiell synkronicitet
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Religious Studies Psychology
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-12011Archive number: HRV:C12:10OAI: diva2:532947
Subject / course
Religious studies
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-07-06 Created: 2012-06-12 Last updated: 2012-07-06Bibliographically approved

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