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per·son·al space

a term used in the behavioral sciences to denote the physical area immediately surrounding a person who is in proximity to one or more others, whether known or unknown; serves as a body buffer zone in such interpersonal transactions. Measure of space determined as appropriate varies widely among ethnic groups and cultures.

personal space

The portable, invisible boundary surrounding a person, into which others should not trespass.

per·son·al space

(pĕr'sŏn-ăl spās)
A term used in the behavioral sciences to denote the physical area immediately surrounding a person who is in proximity to one or more others, whether known or unknown, and which serves as a body buffer zone in such interpersonal transactions; concept varies among different societies.

per·son·al space

(pĕr'sŏn-ăl spās)
Term used in the behavioral sciences to denote physical area immediately surrounding a person who is in proximity to one or more others, whether known or unknown; serves as a body buffer zone in such interpersonal transactions. Measurement of space determined as appropriate varies among ethnic groups and cultures.
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Is the concept of 'personal space' different in each culture?
The fact that the participants' systolic blood pressure values were higher when they were measured by the male nursing student suggested that the participants, under the influence of cultural norms of personal space and gender, found it normal when they were approached by the female nursing student but viewed the same approach by the male nursing student as an attack on their personal space.1,9,14,15 Moreover, some women acknowledged that it is a sin for women to be approached by unknown men in Islam.10
Conversely, if you model your personal space on someone else's, you are betraying your own history.
The most common scenario where this personal space is invaded is when you are in a queue.
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The present study was undertaken to explore the reactions to personal space invasions among university students, by using field experiment method.
When this seat reclines it slides forward, preserving the personal space of the passenger sitting behind.
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Personal space was the distance most often maintained in all environments, except in the bus; and there was more intimate space use in sociopetal environments than sociofugal environments.
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