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Body Language For Dummies®, 2nd Edition by Elizabeth Kuhnke

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Chapter 12

Being Aware of Territorial Rights and Regulations

In This Chapter

arrow Fitting into your space

arrow Staking your claim

arrow Positioning yourself to your best advantage

If you’ve ever bumped into a stranger on the high street, if you’ve ever been squashed on a rush hour tube, or if you’ve ever been kissed by someone you’d rather hadn’t kissed you, you’ve experienced space invasion. Unless invited, it feels a bit creepy when someone gets too close. And it feels, oh so good, when the distance’s right.

In this chapter, you look at the different areas of space around you. You find out why what feels comfortable at ten paces feels differently at one. You also discover why cohorts sit side by side and adversaries sit face to face. Finally, you discover how the way that you position yourself, whether upright, supine or simply off kilter, impacts on your gestures, movements, and the impression you make.

Understanding the Effect of Space

The way you fill and move within space impacts on your attitude, your feelings and the way that others perceive you. People who know where to position themselves in relation to someone else control the interaction. They know when to get up close and personal, ...

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