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Religiös konflikthantering och mystik: En religionspsykologisk studie om konfliktprocesser relaterat till mystika traditioner
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, The Social Sciences of Religion.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to identify the psychological processes and themes behind religiously motivated violence and to investigate whether there are any common components in the major mystical traditions that can be used to prevent religious conflicts. To do this I use a qualitative approach to analyze interviews with religious terrorists based on James Jones’s relational psychoanalysis and Peter Herriot’s social identity theory. The analysis has been carried out through a deductive approach based on specific categories and concepts. In my study I have also used Antoon Geels’s account of common features within the major mystical traditions and linked these to Jones and Herriots theories to see whether they can prevent religious conflicts or not. My conclusion in the study is that there are religious themes such as the drive for a complete purification and the splitting of the world into polarized all-good and all-evil sides that can contribute to religious conflicts. My conclusion is also that psychological processes that contribute to religious violence are rooted in the dominant social identity and its relationship to the individual's self-esteem. Finally, there are common features in the mystical traditions such as the conception of the deity and the view on humanity that can be used in creating a meeting and identification between groups and thus prevent religious violence from occurring.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 48 p.
Keyword [en]
Mysticism, conflict, self-esteem, social identity, the self, religious themes
National Category
Religious Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-192190OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-192190DiVA: diva2:589061
Subject / course
History of Religion and Social Sciences of Religion
Educational program
Bachelor Programme in Theology and Religious Studies
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2013-01-21 Created: 2013-01-16 Last updated: 2013-01-21Bibliographically approved

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