Annhild Margrete Tofte

Doctoral Research Fellow - Fagseksjonen
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Doctoral project

Title: What does Jesus mean to Christians today?
         Dialogues and conflicts between images of Jesus and experiences of being oneself in life story narratives

Supervisors: Professor Hans Stifoss-Hansen og professor Aud V. Tønnesen

The project is a qualitative study within psychology of religion, exploring what Jesus means to a small selection of Christians living in Norway. The method is inspired by Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), but With an abductive The core material is created through an unstructured lifestory narrative interview and a semi structured follow up interview with each participant. For the more theory-driven parts of the analytical process, Dialogical Self Theory, developed by Hermans and colleagues has been chosen as conceptual framework. As an analytical tool in research on images of God/Jesus, DST offers a dynamic and complex understanding of the self, where both relational and culturally rooted experiences and imaginations, have a place. DST portrays how differing and even conflicting voices, spoken from various positions within the self, exist alongside each other. (Hermans&Gieser 2012) In the interview-material themes like being an immigrant, conversion-processes, trauma, self-esteem, dignity and belonging are actualized when exploring what Jesus means to the participants.


  • Haga, Annhild Tofte (2015). Trenger muslimer "islamifisering" av terapi?. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening.  ISSN 0332-6470.  52(5), s 431- 433
  • Jørgensen, Tor Berger; Haanes, Vidar Leif; Haga, Annhild Tofte; Dahl, Per Arne & Gilje, Caroline Teinum (2014, 23. januar). Unngår bevisst syndsbegrepet.  Vårt Land. Show summary
  • Austad, Anne; Haga, Annhild Tofte; Haug, Sigrid Helene Kjørven & Ringnes, Hege Kristin (2013). From “psychology of religion”, to “psychology of religion and/or spirituality”? Debates concerning the concept “religion” within psychology of religion.
  • Haga, Annhild Tofte (2012). ”Med Jesus gjennom livet? en studie av Jesus persepsjoner og personlige endringsprosesser”.

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Published Feb. 3, 2010 5:26 PM - Last modified Aug. 17, 2015 6:03 PM


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