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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The largest phase of one's Public Distance is used by anyone engaged in public conversations.
Morgan has deliberately kept his public distance since officially checking in at Wolves last August, leaving the media profile of the club to chief executive Jez Moxey.
According to van Leeuwen's suggestion, the sound of the screaming jet engine can be technologically manipulated to a 'comfortable' level yet still be recognised as a screaming jet engine by its sound qualities, thus maintaining a public distance with the listener.
30) Hall argued that proximity matters: Social distance is used by "people who work together," (31) while persons at a public distance are outside the "circle of involvement" and are more likely to be perceived in a "formal style.
It can be hardest to take advice from close ones and, while temper tantrums may be okay behind closed doors, maintaining a professional public distance can be hard.
Kissinger was dogged by charges he had promoted the military coup against an elected Allende government, and he sought to maintain a cool public distance from Pinochet.