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Personal Space

  • By: Robert Sommer
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

Personal space, also described as the body buffer zone, is the emotionally tinged zone around the human body that people feel is “their space.” Its dimensions are not fixed, but vary according to internal states, culture, gender, and context. Personal space ...

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