public distance


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A personal space at the far end of the territory in which humans operate

public distance

Psychology A space at the far end of the territory in which social humans operate. See Proxemics. Cf Intimate distance, Personal distance, Social distance.
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Public distance at 12ft, social five - 10ft, personal two to five ft, and intimate two ft.
It tries to maintain a public distance from the notorious Jobbik fascists in Hungary or the Front National in France, but that is only because it would be condemned by the majority of voters in Britain.
The last stage is called public distance and its scope is around 5/3 to 8 meters that is used for formal meetings with very important people.
Since narrowly losing the party nomination to Obama in 2008, Clinton has devoted her energy to foreign policy and carefully stayed out of domestic politics -- never showing an inch of public distance with her former rival while also maintaining cordial relationships with the rival Republican Party.