Psyc3003- Personal Space & Territoriality

Psyc3003- Personal Space & Territoriality

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  • Personal Space & Territoriality By McErrol Francis- 316102460 Micah Logan- 315101081 Dominique Guevarra- 315100654
  • Early  Saturday morning In the Johnson home...
  • MOM!!!!!
  • Mom, Shania is going through my things again. This is a total disregard for my personal spcae!!
  • What's the matter Jen?
  • Shania is envading my personal space. Which according to Bell et al, is the invisible boundary surrounding all of us that no one schoud cross.
  • I have a lock on my door and a 'keep out' sign but she still comes into my room.
  • Jen, those are signs of territoriality which is a set of behaviours and cognitions that organisms exhibit based on perceived ownership of physical space. (Bell et al., 2001, p.256 cited in UWIOC, 2016, p. 134.)
  • Well personal space and territory is the same thing
  • Not exactly, personal space like you said before is an invisible boundary surrounding us, and suggest others closeness to us, whereas territoriality is displayed toward our actual physical environment such as your room.
  • Four interpersonal zones exists which include: intimate, personal, social & public zones. Each zone has its own allowances  for different interactions. For example, personal zones are usually within 4 ft of the individual. In this case Shanice has envaded Jen's personal space by being in her bedroom while she was asleep.
  • There are 3 types of territories which are primary, secondary and public. Jen;'s room is her personal territory, which implies use exclusively by her and her need need for said space.
  • Others cannot see our personal space, but it can be understood in relation to how close persons are to us. For e.g, it would differ how close we allow our life partner (actions such as kissing/ holding hands) compared to our boss (actions such as a handshake). On the contrary our primary territory can be our bedroom/home  while a public territory is a local store.
  • Let's go downstairs for breakfast and talk some more.
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