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Spacial Relations Spacial relations is a complex subject that can be interpreted in many different ways A clear explanation of spatial relations is easily understood with the study of proxemics So what is proxemics Well the term proxemics came from ET Hall a researcher in 1963 Proxemics is the study of the nature degree and effect of the spatial separation individuals naturally maintain as in various social and interpersonal situations and of how this separation relates to environmental and cultural factors Proxemics is made up of featured spaces fixed space semi-fixed and informal Space around a person is set up into zones representing comfort and non-comfort Fixed spaces are areas that are unmovable such as buildings and offices Many simple things can change a comfortable zone in a fixed area such as color The use of color can have a major impact on our comfort level Restaurants for example focus on peoples comfort level with how they paint their buildings Fast food such as McDonalds or Taco Bell cause people to rush in eat fast and leave without a nice place to sit down because of their bright colors Bright colors are disturbing to the customers and even the workers Other restaurants such as Ruby Tuesdays and Apple Bees stick with a nice color scheme that is both darker mellow and come off as a nice place to enjoy your food Restaurants like these have a higher employee turnover than fast food in the food service industry Semi-fixed spaces serves as movable areas such as furniture Office desks can be organized to a persons comfort zone Chairs and desks are just physical barriers but can be broken to protect personal space As you might notice on a TV show or at a job interview two chairs are usually always on an angle and no more than 1 feet from the main desk This set up helps keep a balance of dominance
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