Avoid the glances
We try to push the other away from us by denying him direct eye contact. Even if we continue to talk to him, our gaze suddenly turns past him far into the distance.
A behavior that the other unconsciously understands correctly, no dentist would feel offended. Whoever, in situations of forced closeness, directs the view further rigidly into the eyes of the other, violates these laws of proximity and distance, he begins a power game, he speaks out an open threat.
What is acting aggressively?
It is not always the physical proximity, which is too great, which is perceived as aggressive; it is the behavior of how the individual participants react to it.
An important role is played by the fact that the situation of "intolerable" closeness is enforced or avoidable. If the elevator is really full, I can not keep my distance. If we are only in pairs in the lift, it behaves differently.
And is it really necessary that the colleague always sits on my armrest and obviously only finds the information I need in my computer?
Everything that is more than two meters away from us, we call "public distance". This includes speakers, actors, teachers and similar "public persons".
We find it unpleasant when the actor suddenly jumps off the stage and tries to get us into the play. Or when the speaker in the hall suddenly suddenly stands in front of us and speaks directly. Who is already in the first row sitting in the school, in the direct shot of the teacher?
The signals that we send out when one of our distance zones has been crossed are usually very clear. The discomfort is tangible.
Whom do we let close to us?
How we set this invisible border depends first and foremost on the role of our counterpart. Close to us, we usually leave our partner and closest family.
We do not just listen to their words, we want to feel them with all our senses. Skin contact and smell are very important. The success of communication also depends on this proximity.
A child who never feels the love of their parents will find it difficult to talk to them. Partners who no longer allow physical closeness escape the common ground. In this "intimate distance zone", therefore, the removal of closeness acts as a barrier.
Personal distance zones
Our "personal distance zone" starts at about arm's length away from us, ie at about 60 centimeters, and extends to 1,50 meters. In this room fit friends and people, we like to have around us, but we still do not want to press constantly.
We like to communicate through words, through looks, or through mirroring of the body. The common wavelength is there, even without constant skin contact.
Close to friends
Too great proximity can also act like an invisible barrier with good friends - the balance of relationships is disturbed. These zones around us, however, are not all around the same size:
The values given are based primarily on our front, our open, "vulnerable" body front. We also allow others to get closer to our lateral "bone front", because we are better protected anyway.
Closeness and distance in friendships
So it is quite normal to get a good friend's arm. However, pressing them continually to the front during the conversation would be quite cramped.
Especially in friendships this game with proximity and distance is a very delicate, often underestimated. There are situations that require physical proximity, for example when we donate the best friend consolation.
"It was too tight for me"
Due to a sudden emotional exceptional situation, the limits are lifted. We allow the other to penetrate, we almost demand it. In other situations, such an intrusion - even the best friend - may be restrictive.
But because it is the best friend, we do not allow this slight discomfort and suppress it. At some point we then analyze why friendship is no longer what it was, and it is not uncommon to hear sentences like: "It was getting too tight for me, the other was really clinging to me!" Even if we translate it Sense mean.
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