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PSYC3003 Storyboard
Updated: 3/27/2020
PSYC3003 Storyboard
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  • PERSONAL SPACE & TERRITORIALITY
  • THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIESOPEN CAMPUSPSYC3003: Community & Environmental PsychologySaajida Baksh: 320002596: 100%Kristal Avril: 320003871: 100%Christal Valcin: 320000192: 100%Listrah Adams: 32013142: 100%Learning Activity 8.1.
  • Review of Namazian & Mehdipour (2013)
  • Look around us. Would you say our built environment has psychological impacts on us who inhabit those spaces?
  • Yes. In fact, that’s exactly what Namazian & Mehdipour (2013) say! Buildings and spaces around us are impactful because we attach significance to them. And they discuss privacy, personal space and territories in particular to prove this claim. Let's take a walk.
  • Review of Namazian & Mehdipour (2013)
  • They say that privacy, which entails separateness and isolation from others, as well as personal space which involves deliberate spacing and spatial arrangements of things within an individual’s environment must be considered from an ecological perspective (p. 109-110)
  • I think so too. Therefore, architects must view privacy from the standpoint of regulation, in giving people the freedom to define their boundaries and how environments should not prohibit one’s right to their own space or intrude on another’s (p. 110).
  • Review of Namazian & Mehdipour (2013)
  • Yes. Namazian & Mehdipour (2013) also discuss territories and the control that persons have within that space. Whereas primary territories (meaning the home) means that people’s have a degree of stability, this is difficult to negotiate in secondary and tertiary territories.
  • Proxemics
  • Did you view the Youtube video that I shared with you? I learnt that social and physical distance interact to create different spaces including: public space, social space, personal space and intimate space (Amir, 2019).
  • Proxemics
  • Right! And these serve different purposes. For example, primary territory refers to my house; whereas, body territory refers to my personal space, which is portable yet invisible (Amir, 2019).
  • Makes senses. So, the architect must ensure that those territories are well defined and that relational perceptions (symbols, beliefs, values and so on) are universally accepted,as to not cause conflict because persons see them as overlapping by virtue of the space being shared.
  • Proxemics is the study of individuals utilize and interact with space. Social distance is correlated with physical distance and can be categorized into the following, from the most open space to the most intimate space: public space, social space, personal space and intimate space. These dynamics can vary based on culture, gender, social contexts, individual preferences and beliefs (Amir, 2019).
  • Yes, I did!I'm familiar with you, so I feel comfortable sharing this personal space with you.
  • Territoriality refers to a presumptive claim by an individual or group with or without a formal legal basis, over a semi-fixed or fixed geographical space which can be entered or exited by said perceived owners, without giving up their claim to it (Amir, J. S., 2019).They include primary, secondary, public, home, interactional and body territories. Four basic characteristics of territory are: ownership, personalization, defense against intrusion & meeting physiological needs.
  • It was also interesting to understand how territoriality works. It involves individuals or groups establishing spatial boundaries and claim ownership over them.
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