Naturism and Psychotherapy – Nude Psychology

I have decided to check out my blog posts to see which posts seem to connect most with my readers. Of course, with that data, there really isn’t a lot that can be said in objective terms, but perhaps there is something there in subjective terms which I need to consider as the author of these posts.

Here are the posts in descending order of “deliberate” viewing. By deliberate, the readers have clicked on the link for a particular post. Of course others have read these posts by virtue of simply visiting the home page and reading. Objectively, there is no way to know how many people have actually seen and/or read these posts. With deliberate clicking on these posts, I get a small overview and it will be this overview with which I will then wonder out loud.

  1. A Naturist’s Bucket List – 1,210 views http://rglongpre.ca/naturistlens/2013/08/28/a-naturists-bucket-list/
  2. Naturism, Men and Women: An Imbalance – 397 views http://rglongpre.ca/naturistlens/2013/08/10/naturism-men-and-women-an-imbalance/
  3. Being Brave and Being Naked – 385 views http://rglongpre.ca/naturistlens/2013/06/18/being-brave-and-being-naked/
  4. Reasons for Being a Naturist: Part 2 – 350 views http://rglongpre.ca/naturistlens/2013/08/12/reasons-for-being-a-naturist-part-2/
  5. Therapy, Nudity and Joy – 283 views http://rglongpre.ca/naturistlens/2013/07/14/therapy-nudity-and-joy/
  6. Nudity and Sexuality – 228 views http://rglongpre.ca/naturistlens/2013/01/23/nudity-and-sexuality/
  7. Re-Approaching Nude Psychotherapy – 220 views http://rglongpre.ca/naturistlens/2013/01/16/re-approaching-nude-psychotherapy/
  8. Reasons for Being a Naturist: Part 1 – 190 views http://rglongpre.ca/naturistlens/2013/08/11/reasons-for-being-a-naturist-part-1/
  9. Nudity as Deviance – 170 views   http://rglongpre.ca/naturistlens/2013/08/16/nudity-as-deviance/
  10. Nudity and the Roots of Compulsion – 144 views  http://rglongpre.ca/naturistlens/2013/06/01/nudity-and-the-roots-of-compulsion/
  11. Going Natural and Healing the Soul – 137 views  http://rglongpre.ca/naturistlens/2013/08/05/going-natural-and-healing-the-soul/

I decided to stop here. I will add that thirteen posts have had ten or less readers. Does this mean that I didn’t write as well or that I wrote about things which people would not find interesting? For the most part, it is about this site becoming more and more known. The poor reading results are for the most part, posts early in this site’s history. The most popular posts are for the most part, posts of more recent history.  To put it all into perspective, this blog site is not really all that old and it hasn’t had a lot of visitors – about 50,000 visits in all.

My other (main) blog site is called Through a Jungian Lens, a site that has been in place for a number of years and has recently surpassed 200,000 visits. Just for a comparison, I will indicate the top posts at that site:

  1. The Hero Task – 3,158 views              http://rglongpre.ca/jungianlens/2010/12/23/the-hero-task/
  2. Working on Relationships – 2.039 views  http://rglongpre.ca/jungianlens/2011/11/05/working-on-relationship-one-touch-and-one-thought-at-a-time/
  3. Eros and Kronos – Deadly Dancing – 2001 views  http://rglongpre.ca/jungianlens/2011/11/18/eros-and-kronos-deadly-dancing/
  4. I-thou and I-it Relationships – 1,699 views  http://rglongpre.ca/jungianlens/2010/05/30/i-thou-and-i-it-relationships/
  5. Quest for a God – 1,548 views            http://rglongpre.ca/jungianlens/2010/12/20/468-revision-5/

So what am I learning? Well, when all is said and done – not much. It does seem, however, that the idea of nudity and therapy in combination has struck an interest that I wasn’t expecting. For me, that is good news as I have been continuing with research in this area and have been engaged in some dialogue (face-to-face) with naturists about the possibilities. Beyond any question of a doubt, if there is to be a blend of naturism and therapy, it would have to take place on a naturist venue simply to avoid run-ins with the profession and the law. However, the greatest obstacle would be that I don’t have the will or energy to engage in this as a modern pioneer given that I am officially “old” in just a number of months.

With regards to my discussions, all agreed that nudism and psychotherapy would work on all issues that touch on body-image. There was some thought that perhaps it would also be helpful for any issue of self-identity. But beyond that, they simply didn’t know, mostly because they weren’t trained psychotherapists.

With that said, it’s time to ask your opinion – “Is Nudity as part of a psychotherapy process, acceptable? Would you engage in therapy where you would be naked? Should such therapy be confined to a nudist camp?” I will be listening very carefully for your opinions.

6 thoughts on “Naturism and Psychotherapy – Nude Psychology

  1. Is Nudity as part of a psychotherapy process, acceptable? Yes
    Would you engage in therapy where you would be naked? I would
    Should such therapy be confined to a nudist camp? Not necessarily.

  2. “Is Nudity as part of a psychotherapy process, acceptable?”

    I do not have any direct experience on the couch so my opinion is not informed by having been there. However, personally if there was an opinion on the part of the therapist that being nude during therapy would be of assistance for a particular individual I don’t see any fundamental reason why not. Obviously if the individual was uncomfortable with the idea the therapist could not compel the patient and if gentle persuasion does not work it should not be pursued. There is, I think, the need for the therapist to justify to the patient why nudity is of special significance to the treatment of the patient’s particular issues. A populist “naked therapy” approach to my mind is not productive.

    ” Would you engage in therapy where you would be naked?”

    Not a problem here! Having experienced social nudity I don’t have any problems with it – anywhere. Besides which the stress would likely be on the observer! :-). However, the issue would still be the matter of what would be the perceived therapeutic benefit to the patient? The stigma/hang ups around nudity ( in North America) and the common suggestion that there might be some impropriety on the part of the therapist is obviously a difficult subject.

    ” Should such therapy be confined to a nudist camp?”

    No I don’t think that context is necessary. Like any professional relationship between doctor and patient the issue of trust and the perceived therapeutic necessity for nudity is far more important than the locale. It would seem to me that if it were felt necessary that the locale had to be a nudist camp there is a misunderstanding of the nature of the therapy. Given that there is legitimate need then the locale should be unimportant, other than it being private of course. Having been in the hospital for too many major surgeries in the past four years I always find the frequently futile attempts to cover up the patient to be quite funny. I often said to the nurses it would be easier if all us patients were just naked and we could get this over with. Many agreed since the often failed attempts at modesty were awkward for patients, nurses and doctors.

  3. I’m not so sure I agree that the nature of this relationship would be benign so long as both parties agreed . Had you given any thought to have this would impact the general dynamic – the balance of power – transference – gender …..

    • Thank you, David for your concern and thoughts. Of course it requires both therapist and client to agree to the why, when and where – if it is to happen at all. The work of depth psychology is much more intimate than cognitive therapies. Going under the skin to expose the deepest longings and fears – a place where transference and counter-transference is always at the edges waiting to ensnare. 🙂

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