personal distance

personal distance

A zone of space ranging from an arm’s length to 1.25 m, in which people operate under specific social situations.

Types
• Close personal distance 50–80 cm: Unconsciously reserved for family members (e.g., husband and wife).
• Far personal distance 0.8–1.25m: The limit of physical domination; the far end of PD is for conversation and other social encounters, and close enough to allow privacy in encounters without being socially threatening to the participants.
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Screaming or increasing volume can reduce the social distance to personal distance.
Since then, the two superstars have maintained professional as well as personal distance.
Richard Cawardine argues that Lincoln's attention to opinion in the North's politically important evangelical Protestant denominations played a previously underestimated role in his decision making, despite what has often been seen as his personal distance from churchgoing Christianity.
Meanwhile, our preferred personal distance can vary depending on our situation, making us far more willing to accept less space in a crowded subway car than we would be at the office.
Both give the kind of perspective and personal distance that are needed to challenge complacency and slowness to change.
The lawyer transforms truth, in fact, into an abstraction, desiring to keep a personal distance from the object he has in his sights.
Recalling his relationship with the Cold Feet star he says: "I felt like I, at least - and the others - welcomed her with open arms into the family, but she kept a real professional and personal distance.
But it probably would have been impossible for him to do so even if he had tried, since the success of this book depends on a sense of historic and personal distance that Carter could not have developed until now.
Hall believes that the personal distance or normal distance between animals and social distance or the distance that its increase may disturb animals, have mutual influence.

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