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Psychological effects of social nudity

Results indicated that the majority of participants benefited psychologically from being part of this group experience. They articulated newfound body acceptance, better relationships with their partner, family, and friends, more positive moods before attending the next meeting, an increase in self-esteem, emotional support within the group setting by both verbalizing appreciation for others bodies as well as nonverbal behaviors such as eye contact, hugs and touching facilitated by nudity. Physiological benefits included increased blood flow to internal organs due to lack of constriction from clothing and decreased muscle tension resulting from no longer holding up pants.

1. How benefiting can it get?

The results are discussed in terms of social nudity potentially leading individuals towards higher levels of self-acceptance which may contribute to both mental health benefits and physical health benefits. The practice of social nudity, if done in a safe and nonthreatening environment, may be therapeutically beneficial for men who suffer from feelings of shame related to their bodies. It also includes uncomfortable social situations due to anxiety about being “seen” by others.

Therapy nudity and joy
Therapy nudity and joy

2.Discussion worthy associations

The association between body image concerns and eating disorders has been well established. Research has demonstrated that body dissatisfaction is directly related to the onset of bulimic symptomatology and an increase in depressive effects among women. Exposure to thin models induces dissatisfaction among both regular weights and overweight participants. Several studies have revealed that social nudism may be an effective intervention for body image concerns and eating disorders.

3. Eating Disorder Inventory subscales

A study conducted by Murakami and colleagues indicated that participants in their retreat-based naturist groups had significantly lowered scores on the Eating Disorder Inventory subscales. Body dissatisfaction, drive for thinness, etc., can lead to immediate post-treatment and at two-month follow-up compared to baseline scores.ย 

These effects were measured even though participants did not receive formal instructions on improving their body image or weight during the intervention. Instead, it was presumed that seeing others nude and recognizing physical diversity would ultimately lead participants towards increased body acceptance, thus improving their psychological well-being.

4. Psychological effect

The emotional enfolding of the person in the couple relationship is very often difficult to separate every day. It can be said that this ‘psychological skin’ represents the surface of contact with the other. This entity forms part of an invisible psychic territory not always clearly delineated where each partner is allowed to feel at home. Transgression of these limits can cause serious tensions in the relationship, to the extent that they may even jeopardize survival.

Social Nudism and the body taboo
Social Nudism and the body taboo

4. How does it differentiate an empath from a psychic?

Although this ‘psychological skin’ is very often difficult to separate from day-to-day life, some people do not build their psychic boundaries and establish a healthy distance concerning others. This means that they are ‘continually giving off psychic energy’ and integrating the other in their personality without being able to maintain a clear distinction between themselves and the other person, so much so that they become one single ‘psychological skin.โ€™

This identification with others is quite evident in the case of certain types of people who feel a need to ‘take on board’ the anxieties and psychic problems of their partner.

In the light of this, it seems useful to reflect further upon a specific kind of relationship that is very different from common forms of couple relationships: that between an empath (i.e., someone who identifies with others) and another person suffering from some form of psychological disorder, such as schizophrenia.

5. Wrapping up

Although more research is needed to determine the long-term effects of social nudity on psychological health, results suggest that it is a beneficial activity. In many cases, being seen in a state of undress by members of the opposite sex appears to positively impact self-concept regarding body image and feelings about being seen in public situations.ย 

It is possible that in Western culture, where nudity is so taboo, people who seek out public opportunities for sexual expression may be sexually unsatisfied or see themselves as unattractive. They are healthy individuals with normal sexual appetites.ย 

In other words, they might be aroused by the taboo nature of the sexual activity because it is different from their everyday experiences. Social nudism can provide a natural outlet for these individuals and allow them to connect with others healthily. It can be done all the while maintaining a sense of privacy about their sexuality.

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