• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint
Share this Page URL
Help

Chapter 6. Present Yourself > Consider Closeness

Consider Closeness

Every culture has different rules about how close together people should stand when they talk to one another. In the United States, we prefer to stand about three feet apart when we are having social conversations. If the room is very noisy or if the conversation becomes more personal, we move in, closing the range to perhaps eighteen inches. If we move closer than that, we are usually having an intimate conversation. If the people you are talking to typically move away from you, you may be violating this rule. On the other hand, if you talk from farther away than three feet or if you move away during a conversation, your partner may think of you as stand-offish or distant.

Sometimes a person moves away from her partner in conversation for other reasons. Television commercials for products like deodorants and mouthwash have created anxiety about being close to other people. The most sensible thing to do is to take reasonable precautions and then don't worry about these problems.


PREVIEW

                                                                          

Not a subscriber?

Start A Free Trial


  
  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint