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Are you comfortable being in someone’s personal space? How far away do you stand from a stranger when you interact with them?

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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Feb 9, 2013
    • I know that some cultures are more stand off-ish with strangers and some really get in your face. I’m curious because, in nursing, I have to get right in someone’s personal space to listen to their heart, lungs, bowel sounds, and also to look at them and assess general health. I’m finding I’m not very comfortable with it. I feel like I’m violating their privacy. I spoke with my professor about it and she said it takes some getting used to but we have to, as nurses, respectfully put ourselves within a patient’s personal boundaries. It just feels strange to me.




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      Vikki Hall wrote Feb 9, 2013
    • For me I expect the medical profession to invade my bubble so I’m ok with that. However there are some people that I just don’t want them in my bubble with me. So I will back away. If that person chooses to keep stepping into my space I just step in real close to them. They usually get the hint.

      Being in the beauty biz I am asked questions about their hair skin or nails. So I will ask them if it’s ok for me to touch their hair, skin or nails. It gives them a chance to get comfortable with it before I do it. And it shows that I respect their comfort  and personal space.

      So Cynthis even tho you are in a profession where you do have to touch maybe you could use my approach so it will make you feel easier about it.




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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Feb 9, 2013
    • Great idea. estatic I’ll give it a go next thursday at the hospital.




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      Tuliplady wrote Feb 9, 2013
    • I’m like Vikki, I expect medical people to invade my bubble.  I would never have given a thought that it might make the medical person uncomfortable.

      I have two male co-workers who constantly invade my space.  I know it’s strictly unintentional on their part, they just have a much much smaller bubble than I do.  I’ve gotten used to them, and now that I know them better, it doesn’t bother me anymore.  But before I got to know them it was very uncomfortable.




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      Mzd3 wrote Feb 9, 2013
    • I keep my distance, and tend to back away if someone gets too close, unless its a medical person, doc, nurse, eye, dentist.




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      Frannie1964 wrote Feb 9, 2013
    • I totally agree with Vikki. In your profession I can understand you doing that.  

      But like other situations, it’s not,ok. You know, like when your out shopping or something and you need to pay for your stuff and the person in line behind you is right on your back. That’s uncalled for. Just saying.




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      Nathalie Girard wrote Feb 10, 2013
    • True.  

      I would add that my mood also changes the size of my bubble space. When I’m frustrated or in anoter bad mood I feel easily invaded.




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      Mary Clark wrote Feb 10, 2013
    • I agree with Vikki!




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      Marya1961 wrote Feb 10, 2013
    • I am a private person, and do feel uncomfortable when another has stepped over the boundary..therefore, I politely ask him or her to pardon me and that for some reason makes the person understand that I need space.

      I know what you mean, Frannie, about people hovering...it drives me insane!




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      Denise Richardson wrote Feb 10, 2013
    • I keep an opening big enough for me to be able to raise my arm without hitting them.




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      Nita P wrote Feb 10, 2013
    • people usually for me step away alittle when i may accidently get close.....it does not bother me how close someone gets




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      Kyah wrote Feb 21, 2013
    • As a New Yorker, there’s an unwritten rule about invading personal space, only to be forgiven when on the bus or subway. Arm’s length all around is my bubble, and only friends, medical personnel and family are allowed to get any closer. If a stranger does, I either step back and hold my arm up to show their limit or if I can’t step back I announce that the person is invading my space and for safety reasons he or she needs to step back. It usually works, I’m an evil cuss, LOL estatic




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