Personal space, how close to you want to be to strange people

@winterose (39913)
Canada
February 19, 2008 11:55am CST
Personal space is important and everyone's comfort level is different, there are some people that get so close to you that you can actually feel their breath on your face when they talk to you. Some people want to stand 3 feet away from you when they talk, what is your personal space and why? How do you handle a person who gets so close to you that you feel uncomfortable?
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@stephcjh (32387)
• United States
20 Feb 08
I really don't care to be very close to people just because of how badly I have been treated every time I try. I like to have alot of personal space when I am confronted with people. I just feel very uncomfortable with them right up close to me. It invades my space and makes me nervous. When someone stands really close to me, I walk away a little bit or back up, but I try not to make it so obvious unless they keep doing it and then I have to say something about how uncomfortable it makes me feel.
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• United States
19 Feb 08
Hi winterose, I've had people do that to me, and I can't stand it. The best thing for me to do, when that happens, is just back away from them. I like to keep a safe distance, especially if they have a tendency to spit. I have a girlfriend who has Hepatitis-C, and she spits when she is talking to me,after a few drinks.So,I just slowly back away. What else can you do, without being totally rude????? Good topic, by the way. :o) Marilyn
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@GardenGerty (82259)
• Marion, Kansas
19 Feb 08
I like at least eighteen inches or two feet. I have even told some people that. I have been known to back up from them if space permitted.
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• Canada
23 Feb 08
If someone is two close to me, I am not afraid to tell them that I am uncomfortable with where they are sitting. Same goes if they are speaking too loudly, or if someone reaches out and touches me, and I'm not comfortable. Why should I have to put up with an invasion of my psace? The distance two people would sit across from eachother at a table is close enough for me, unless Walker and I are together, at which time, he can get as close to me as he wants! ;-) That's ONE of the reasons why I married him *grin*