Message no. 538[Branch from no. 515] Posted by Thomas Culhane (1311520071) on
Very interesting chaper, and very interesting relational summary Michelle! It was great to feel your personal indignation as you recalled incidents of personal space invasion triggered by quotes from the book! Well done -- I like the fact that you took personal initiative to explore the book, and carve out your own personal space from the chapter on... personal space!
You are all encouraged to do this!
Your posted discussion question reminded me of several difficult situations I've experienced abroad: "What happens when a person is sitting alone minding his or her own business with no intention of interacting with anyone, and a stranger comes over an sits down at an uncomfortably close proximity"?
I have gotten used to this total invasion of personal space, but for Michelle, who has never been out of the
Different cultures obviously have different personal space requirements; I am not sure yet how much is due to culture and how much to adaptative necessity. Here in
For more on this, read the excellent book by one of my professors, Mike Davis, called "Planet of Slums":
There is a great review of it here:
It details the kind of environments I work in. It may shock you when you read how little personal space half of the world's population has to make do with!
Glad you brought this topic up!