Editor's note: The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation , an online publication covering the latest research. When meeting someone for the first time, your impression of that person may be different if you meet that person at a formal dinner party, a cocktail party, or a pool party. These settings typically influence how the person dresses and how much skin they expose. Thus, participants did not fully dehumanize participants, but rather saw them as having less control, but also saw them as more sensitive to emotion and pain. Next the researchers increased the amount of flesh participants saw by getting perceptions of naked vs clothed people. To do this, the researchers used ten sets of professionally photographed pictures featuring an adult film actor posing for a picture from thighs on up with clothes and without clothes genitals were blurred.
Spending more time naked is the stuff of nightmares, particularly those nightmares that involve giving a speech in front of the entire school. Even in the waking world, the idea of wandering around the house naked could make your palms start to sweat. Wearing only your smile may end up putting a bigger grin on your face than you might expect. Various studies have shown how being nude can be good for your physical and mental health.
Photo by Sergey Filimonov. Whether you grew up in a "naked house" or still feel squeamish in the flesh even by yourself, reaching the point where you finally feel good in your own skin—without any sartorial accoutrements—is a liberating moment. It makes sense, then, that the body seems to like being naked. A cursory review of the research aligns time spent in the nude with an increased sense of self-confidence and improved health. Scientists agree that sleeping naked is a good way to start, especially for male fertility.
One of the biggest health discoveries of all time involves nudity. It's called grounding or earthing. I ordered the earthing. The Earthing book has a lot of good info, but it's missing a lot of plant photos. Naked is likely better, but I need to do more testing.