Breaching Experiment: The Human Response to the Invasion of Personal Space.
Most people do not like having their personal space invaded and everyone reacts to this in their own personal way, depending on that person's preference and the approach of invasion as well. As a usual, we keep distance between other people about arm’s length; we call it personal space. In most cases, this personal space is set for the comfort ability of one another. However, in my experiment, I decided to breach this norm, and took some situations into action. I invaded personal spaces of friend and strangers and observed the reactions of these people. The feedback I received from the invasion of my friend's personal space differs from the response of invading a strangers’. While we were at the café with my best female friend, I stayed very close to her all the time. As we came to the table, I sat near her, where was enough space only for one person, instead of sitting on the opposite side. She hadn’t say anything about my invasion, but I noticed that she was wandering if something wrong with me. Though, when I intruded stranger’s personal space, their reaction toward it was different. While I was in subway, I spotted a man who was sitting on the empty bench and reading a newspaper. When I sat down right beside him, as close as I could, the man stopped reading and looked at me, as if he was expecting me to say something, but I just smiled to him. The man ease up a little and continued his reading. But, with the same scenario, when I sat down by old age women, she looked over at me incredulously. I smiled to her, but she got up and walked away to the end of the car. She seemed very nervous. However, to get more different reactions, I decided to approach individuals of my age - teenagers. I noticed a girl, sitting alone on the bench, and sat right down to her, as I did before. Her reaction differs from others a lot. She looked over at me and asked if I could reseat because sitting so...
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