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Can people unlearn their naked shame?

Posted in Uncategorized by Rodibidably on March 3, 2009

[Originally posted at: BBC News]

Once we were all happy to walk around naked, now we’re not. But can an experiment in nudity help us understand why we are so embarrassed by being seen in the buff and help shed our inhibitions?

It’s a classic anxiety nightmare – you’re standing in front of a room full of work colleagues, your boss is there, maybe even that new colleague you’ve been trying to impress. And you’re stark naked. Ouch.

Why are we so ashamed of being seen naked? Is there something deep in human nature that finds naked skin abhorrent? Some prudishness inherited from our Victorian ancestors?

And how can you explain the rebels who shun convention to spend their weekends hanging out with similar-minded nudists, insisting nothing could be more normal?

Eight ordinary people – none of them nudists – were recently brought together for an experiment filmed by the BBC’s Horizon programme, to test some of the scientific theories that explain why naked bodies make us so uncomfortable.

[Read the rest of this post at: BBC News]

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