Touching Close 4-7 feet
6-18” Far - 7-12 feet
Close -1½ to Close - 12-25
2½ feet feet
Far - 2½ to 4 ½ Far - 25 feet or
Different Cultures ...
What is your
When you invade my space
Reactions to an
invasion of your
Masks We Wear
Putting on my face
On the road
Can we drop masks?
Jockeying for position
Inclusive - Non-inclusive
How you include/exclude others in a
Parallel body positions
Will position yourselves to relate to each
Side by side are neutral
Facing means people are involved
Groups that imitate each other
How long do you look?
Staring- dehumanizes or challenges
Glances - socially acceptable timing
Appraisal- may indicate interest
Do you look when you talk?
Do you look when you listen?
Actions Speak Louder than Words?
‘What often happens in any relationship is that
language itself becomes a mask and a means of
clouding and confusing the relationship. If the
spoken language is stripped away and the only
communication left is body language, the truth
will find some way of poling through. Spoken
language itself is a great obscurer”
Body Language, Julius Fast, MJF books, 1970.
Misinterpretation = Trouble??
Lack of animation = lack
US tendency to get right
• Different work styles
• Wrong assumptions
Can be BIG
Do you know
how to act or are
Do you know what you are saying?