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Understanding Body Language by Max Eggert

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Chapter 3: Personal distance or proxemics

Our public, personal and private space

As humans we are very territorial, but we are not usually conscious of this aspect of ourselves until it is invaded or violated. Spatial relationships have an enormous effect on our daily lives.

brilliant definition

Proxemics (noun)

The interrelated observations and theories of man’s use of space as a specialised elaboration of culture.

Unwittingly we constantly maintain sovereignty over our space for our own psychological welfare. Just as animals mark out their territory with urine in the hope of achieving privacy, we use ...

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