Behavior and Etiquette – Interpersonal Interactions: Personal Space

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The following video provides more detail on greeting and conversing with Afghans and may help you feel more comfortable in these situations.

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Afghan Men TalkingExpect locals to violate your normal conversational comfort zone where distance is concerned. Afghans typically stand closer to other people than most Westerners do during conversation. It is common to see an American move away as the Afghan inches closer. This continual shifting may go unnoticed by the individuals, but can still lead to each feeling uncomfortable with the encounter.

Personal space should be considered when working with Afghan women. Getting too close may be interpreted as dishonoring a woman.

 

 

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