What is personal space in body language


    What is personal space in body language

  • 1 It's the space surrounding a person

    According to body language, personal space is the space surrounding a person. It's a circle where the person's body is its center. The size of the circle differs from one person to another.

  • 2 People don't usually let strangers inside their personal space

    A person will usually feel uncomfortable if a stranger comes inside their personal space, which is why most people feel tense inside elevators. A person will only allow someone inside his personal space if he feels comfortable around him or if he likes him (See why do people laugh inside elevators).

  • 3 Personal space applies while sitting

    Personal space also applies while a person is sitting. A person will usually pick the one they feel most comfortable towards and sit beside them.

  • 4 Close friends leave very small personal distance

    Close friends usually sit or stand very close to each other. According to body language, the closeness of people can be determined by the spaces they leave between themselves.

  • 5 Touching is the highest form of closeness

    Very close friends might sit so close to each other that one or more points of their bodies touch. It's very normal for a close friend to sit so that his knee touches the leg of a friend. This can hardly happen with strangers unless space is very limited.

  • 6 Personal space is usually controlled by the subconscious mind

    Personal space is usually controlled by the subconscious mind. This means that a person won't consciously realize that they are leaving a certain distance between themselves and others. (See What does the subconscious mind do)

  • 7 A person will adjust their personal space if you change it

    If a person is standing far from you then you came close, that person might back off a little to re-adjust their personal space. Because people feel uncomfortable when they let strangers in, most people will adjust their personal space accordingly.

  • 8 Personal space varies across cultures

    In some countries, people are more likely to stand closer to each other, while in other countries the opposite is true.

  • 9 Knowing how comfortable a person feels around you

    You should compare the distance a person keeps between themselves and you to the distance the person keeps between you and others to determine how comfortable this person feels around you.

  • 10 Shy people leave bigger distances

    Shy people usually live bigger distances between themselves and others.

  • 11 Not standing close to you doesn't mean anything negative

    A person can stay away from someone because they feel anxious, uncomfortable, insecure or unsafe. If a person stands away from you, this doesn't mean there is anything wrong with you. (See the body language of anxiety)

  • 12 Little personal space is one sign of attraction

    According to body language, if a person is attracted to someone then they are very likely to leave little personal space between themselves and that person. In such a case, that person's unconscious mind desires closeness towards that person. (See body language signs of attraction)