Intimacy and Personal Space: A Classroom Demonstration

Bryan Gibson, Paul Harris, Carol Werner

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The concept of personal space is intuitively straightforward for most students of psychology. However, some of the functions personal space serve in regulating intimacy among individuals are not so readily apparent. The demonstration described in this article allows students to see that personal space is one of a number of interacting nonverbal cues used by people to regulate intimacy, and it encourages discussion of these nonverbal mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-181
Number of pages2
JournalTeaching of Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 1993


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