Fascinated with the sea and wondering what that magical feeling is that I get when I am in the sea and after I come out of the sea, I completed qualitative scientific research at Masters level at the University of East London on how the sea positively effects wellbeing to see if anyone else felt the same. This research is currently being prepared for publication within an academic journal to be made available to the scientific community.
Qualitative research investigates a persons subjective experience of a situation. It's an analysis of language, as language is what we use to construct our realities. Therefore this research is different to quantitative research which may investigate the exact amount of dilation our blood vessels take on after swimming, more commonly associated with numbers and large-scale studies that are widely replicated with results generalised to apply to everyone.
What I found were four main themes that came out of sea immersion in hostile winter conditions: Growth, Awareness, Time and Connectedness.
I speak in more depth about these findings at events nationwide, just this year I spoke at The 5th Annual Positive Psychology Symposium at New Bucks University and at a public research seminar in Brighton in collaboration with two other researchers, Hannah Denton & Dr. Catherine Kelly.
After analysing my data and finding my results, I created a model of wellbeing from my main themes called The Wave Model.
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