posted on Oct, 2 2012 @ 01:03 PM
Your post reminds me of when I was a psych student in college back in the 1980s. They had us do an experiment concerning personal space, in which
you'd be partnered up with another student and stand approximately 6 feet away from each other, and then take one step at a time towards each other,
until one of us said "stop", meaning we had reached the limit of what our personal space bubble was, and any further ingress would be definitely
Western cultures have a much larger space bubble of comfort than eastern cultures, who can be right up next to each other and not feel weird. My
space bubble was much bigger than most in the class (due to my Asperger's, I think). When strangers get up in my space, I cannot handle it, and I
will move in order to get back into my comfort zone.
Since there is no public transportation in this part of the country, I don't have to suffer with people getting too close, but I have noticed a
similar issue with parking lots: You can park your car a mile away from everybody, and there's plenty of parking, but people will end up parking
around you anyway (and often putting little dents in your doors). I think many people have a "herd" mentality and cannot abide being alone.