n. (used with a sing. verb) The study of the cultural, behavioral, and sociological aspects of spatial distances between individuals.
I find I’m not very good at this. I know there is a lot of communication going on with touch. People touch each other all the time. I’ve read that in a book about communication body language. So I’ve been trying to apply what I’ve been reading.
I’m like a lot of others and and can’t take strangers touching me. But I’ve been trying to understand this. So far, no luck. I am either in your face, too close and I scare people, or I’m considered aloof and cold. Family who I’m comfortable with can touch me all they want. My sis holds my hand a lot when there is a situation she’s unsure about. (That is amazing to me. One squeeze of my hand and I can tell she’s scared about something. Or if she pushes my hand to the table, something is important and she doesn’t want me wandering off.)
But since I’m going into a class room soon, I’m wondering… are others good at body language and proxemics? Other’s tell me that reading personal space is intuitive. That doesn’t help me.