Etymology: L, distantia + regula, rule
behavior that is related to the control of personal space. Most humans establish a quantum of space between themselves and others that offers security from either psychological or physical threat while not creating a feeling of isolation. The amount of social distance thus maintained varies with different individuals and in different cultures. A wild animal generally maintains a flight distance, the minimum it will allow between itself and a potential enemy before fleeing. Animals of the same species also maintain a personal distance from each other.