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    BN to speak at British Psychological Society Conference

    Over the last few months BN has been involved in a ground breaking research project in partnership with Dr Keon West of Goldsmiths University. The first stage of the project has provided compelling evidence that people experience increases in body-image and self-esteem when they take part in Naturist activities. The results have been submitted to a psychological journal and we’re hoping they will be published shortly. We’re also embarking on stage two – proving that the positive results are truly because of Naturism, rather than some other feature of our wonderful community. Earlier this year, Keon was approached by Dr Helen Bowes-Catton, Lecturer in Psychology at The Open University, a member of Blackthorns Sun Club who had read about the work in BN. She organised a meeting, developed an interest in the research that was going on and offered her services.

    It’s therefore great that we have now been granted a 90 minute slot at the British Psychological Society Social Section Annual Conference in Cardiff in September presenting a symposium entitled ‘Nothing’s better? Exploring the social psychological effects of Naturism!’ There are four papers to be presented in total - Naturism and Naturists: The facts, Take it off and let it go: Three quantitative investigations of the effects of Naturism, The naked truth: A large-scale qualitative investigation of experiences of naturism, and a case study of experiences of Naturism. The conference lasts for three days, and is packed with interesting presentations and symposia. Hundreds of people usually attend. Most of them are academics (psychologists) looking for the most interesting cutting-edge psychological research. Some work for the government or for policy-related think-tanks involved in policy and public health.  It’s great to be part of it – and have our oft-maligned world taken seriously in the scientific community. Look out for a report in the Winter issue of BN Magazine.

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    Whilst I accept that a little 'spin' is inevitable in such announcements, for the sake of accuracy let me add a small correction.

    Dr Bowes-Catton did not 'read about the work in BN' until after she had been engaged in discussions on this whole topic by me (acting for NAG). NAG had been pursuing the 'what about the children!' issue for some time, and Dr Bowes-Catton responded to a NAG appeal for academics interested in the subject. The tie-up with Dr West came about in a meeting proposed by me and facilitated by Dr Bowes-Catton herself, and the symposium grew out of that. I am pleased to add that the case study on naturism was presented by my wife, Revd. Vivienne Heenan, who represented only herself.

    I congratulate BN on a joint project, which I hope will develop further in the long term and provide a secure academic basis for the acceptance of naturism by The Authorities. This co-operative, multi-agency approach is a key to progress. Too often in the past, campaigners have been keen to brand their ideas to themselves rather than having them accepted by the wider world objectively. This project is seeking evidence based truths, not propaganda. We who believe those truths (the benefits of naturism, and its lack of harm) must support the gathering of objective evidence in the long run, by our time, our effort, our money and our patience. It will not happen quickly, but 'the truth will out'.   

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    I'm also a little concerned that spin must not override the necessary scientific approach.

    We don't set out to prove things. We test a hypothesis. This is important if we are to be taken seriously.

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    Very interesting. I wish I could be there. I wonder, who are the true psychotics? Naturists or the others? My non-naturist partner once unkindly said to me "why can't you just be normal". To which I replied, "So called 'normal', as currently exemplified non-naturists, is not a nice way to be".

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    Will BN or BPS be publishing proceedings for this seminar?    Hopefully it will be open access, and not restricted to BPS members.

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    On 18/10/2016 at 16:13, D-and-E said:

    Will BN or BPS be publishing proceedings for this seminar?    Hopefully it will be open access, and not restricted to BPS members.

    Not directly the results of the BPS Symposium, but very connected, Dr. Keon West has had several of his works related to the psycho-social benefits of naturism accepted by serious peer reviewed academic journals. The papers in question are linked here:

    Though Vivienne Heenan's presentation  at the BPS Symposium has been published elsewhere, I also link it here for anyone who missed it. It is deliberately non-academic in its approach, as this was designed as part of the Symposium's overall approach, the rest of which was very academic.

    2016.11.01 Benefits of Naturism - K West.pdf

    Viv's Seminar presentation.doc

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