Personal space is determined by the degree of anxiety





Previously it was thought that the space around our body, which is known in scientific circles as peripersonalnoe space has approximate border. The latter study was investigated the relationship between anxiety and personal space. This allowed the marginal area around a person’s face, which he feels comfortable. According to a study published in the print edition of The Journal of Neuroscience, it varies from 20 to 40 centimeters.

In an experiment conducted by researchers from University College London, was attended by 15 volunteers aged 20 to 37 years. The subjects had to hold his hand at a different distance from the person: 4, 20, 40 and 60 cm at this time on hand to supply an electric signal. Researchers monitored the reaction of the test subjects. The more often they blinked, the more alarming was the expression of their faces. Then the participants were asked to take the test on anxiety.

As it turned out, concerned people are more susceptible to invasion of personal space and try to keep the maximum distance.

More often than not a violation of personal comfort zone happens during a trip on public transport. If you are being too close, do not back back, simply increase the space – casually waving your arms or face the other way, advise the British researchers.

The researchers hope that the results of the study can be used to determine the protective behavior, depending on the degree of human anxiety. This will be helpful for the people of dangerous professions, which is what the firefighters, police and military.

Other researchers have found that the refusal to the proposal to make friends online is experienced as painful, just as in reality.
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