Nude Psychotherapy (vintage seventies magazine ad)

"Be the first on your block to know about nude psychotherapy." A 1970s-era magazine ad, scanned and shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by Boing Boing reader v.valenti.


    1. I think that porn really didn’t need a workaround (at least in most places) by the early 70s, but some people probably still wanted/needed the fig leaf (as it were) of scientific justification for their voyeurism.

      1.  Yep, either Ricky Gervais, or the bearded guy from mad men (Michael Gladis).  And I do see Catherine O’Hara, but that’s not quite it.  She looks exactly like someone, down to that exact hairstyle and expression.  Just can’t put my finger on it. 

  1. I do psychotherapy with adults aged 65 and over. Thank goodness this didn’t become a empirically supported treatment.

    1. /snip
      At Oak Ridge Hospital for the “criminally insane,” psychiatrist Elliot Barker began conducting “the world’s first-ever marathon nude psychotherapy session for criminal psychopaths. Elliott’s raw, naked, LSD-fueled sessions lasted for epic eleven-day stretches,” according to Ronson.

    2. Thank you, agrovista, I enjoyed this article with a cup of coffee this morning and laughed myself silly.

      “This,” Bindrim asserted gesturing to a participant’s genitalia and anus, “is where it’s at. This is where we are so damned negatively conditioned” (cited in Howard, 1970, p. 96). Determined to squelch the “exaggerated sense of guilt” in the body, Bindrim devised an exercise called “crotch eyeballing” in which participants were instructed to look at each others’ genitals and disclose the sexual experiences they felt most guilty about while lying naked in a circle with their legs in the air (Bindrim, 1972; cited in Howard, 1970, p. 94).

  2. Actually, that guy looks a bit like William Rotsler, a science fiction writer and Harlan Ellison crony who had a career making sexploitation films like Mantis in Lace. 

    1. ‘Thanks to the hallucinogen, Lila becomes a cleaver-wielding psychopath with a unique fear of bananas, but a couple of Los Angeles cops are hot on her tail’.
      -film description on Netflix

      I’m sticking to magic mushrooms.

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