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Breaching Experiment The Human Response to the Invasion of Personal Space Have you ever been to a wedding and just felt completely confused because one of the female guests decided she was going to wear a wedding gown of her own to someone elses wedding Wouldnt it be weird if one day you walked into one of your discussion classes to find that your cool hip macho male TA just all of a sudden decided that to put on make-up wear fake rubber breasts and dress like a female to teach his class Is this normal What exactly is normal and who is to define what is normal and what is not Norms as defined by Schaefers Seventh Edition Sociology text are standards of behavior that are maintained by society However there are several types of norms in which all act upon its distinctive ways Informal norms however are behaviors that are maintained by society that are generally understood but not precisely recorded The wedding gown and the macho but very pretty TA were both examples of informal norms There are no specific punishments for the awkward behavior of these two people However a few might confront the bride and tell her she is being disrespectful or the TAs students might ridicule him calling him different names The society has no precise penalty for people such as the two mentioned above The response from the people around them would be their only result of breaching an informal norm At most times when in public or even around your friends a standard distance is usually kept in respect to others Personal space is at least an arms length or about 1 to 3 feet around the body Most people do not like having their personal space invaded and everyone reacts to this in their own personal matter depending on that persons preference and the approach of invasion as well In most cases this personal
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