{January 31, 2008}   Personal space and territory

Proxemics is the idea of space which we deem as suitable or appropriate when we are around people. This ‘appropriate distance’ can vary across different cultures, and situations. For example, we have a different idea of what appropriate distance is between friends, family and aquaintaces or strangers. We are comfortable with a level of intimacy and proximity with the people whom we know, and we become uncomfortable when a stranger invades that personal space. The amount of personal space two females need when communicating is usually lesser than the amount of personal space two men need when communicating with each other.
In some cultures, proximity is seen as an acceptable social norm and in others, it is seen as a invasion of personal space. The average distance of personal space varies from culture to culture.
Here are some examples:
In American culture, personal space affects EVERYTHING — even bathroom behavior among strangers.
It is unacceptable to stand use a urinal between two other people. It is always a MUST to leave a urinal between users. Americans tend to require more personal space than in other cultures.
Personal Space in Several Cultures

Latin American, Arab, French, American, German, Japanese
SMALL                                                                                           LARGE
SPACE                                                                                            SPACE

Territorial is another behaviour displayed by people and animals.
We define ‘our space’ by choosing a seat when we attend a meeting, talk, dinner or lectures and then we reserve it by placing our things such as bags, coat or any other personal belonging. When the layout of the room is similar to that of the previous room we sat in, we are more likely to choose the same seat we sat on in the previous room. This shows our animal behaviour with relation to the concept of territoriality.


{January 29, 2008}   non-verbal communication


Hey guys check out this video on youtube. Its about how important non-verbal communication is in helping us understand others and relate to their thoughts and feelings. I also read an article in the Reader’s Digest about the importance of facial expressions in the development of a child. Especially in the form of a smile from their mothers.
It says that experts on child development believes that a mother and baby exchange of smiles in a rythmic and synchronised way, is important in the development of attachment and intelligence of the child. If we can’t use facial expressions, we are actually very limited in our ability to pass on information to others. There are two pictures from the article entitled ‘The power of a smile’. I think we pick up more on the non-verbal cues such as body language and expressions when we communicate to others but we often do not realise that. It would definitely be very hard to understand emotions and thoughts of the other person without face-face communication. Expression tells us more than words do. They tell us the understanding of the other person, lies that the person is telling, emotions and sometimes body language helps us gague when we should pause, reinforce our point or change our tone. This then will help us achieve effective communication..haha I never thought we rely so much on non-verbal communication.

This picture was taken from the Reader’s Digest. It is a close-up picture of a face. The facial expressions on the face clearly shows us the intention of using this picture for an article entittled ‘stressed out’. The intensity and impact of the picture drew me towards reading the article. I think this is an intresting way to capture the attention of a reader towards this write-up on stress. I was flipping through the wordy pages in the book when i focused my attention on this article due to the use of this picture.

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