TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
What to Do When Others Invade Your Personal Space
YOUR ROOMMATE MOVES YOUR THINGS
Setting ground rules with roommates or other people in your household is important for getting along peacefully. You can address the issue directly, simply by stating that you would like them to ask you if anything that isn’t theirs needs to be moved. As long as you agree to do the same, you’ll have a mutual understanding of expectations.
YOUR NEIGHBORS PLAY LOUD MUSIC
This isn’t necessarily a physical invasion of personal space, but it’s still disturbing you enough to be a disruption in your life. If you need to make a formal complaint, make sure you’re addressing exactly what times you need some peace and quiet, and approach the neighbor with some expectations. Creating a situation of compromise is the best way to resolve issues with neighbors and roommates—in some cases, they may not have realized how much of a disruption they were making!
A STRANGER CUTS IN LINE
You need to be assertive and take a stand—too many people overlook common courtesy in public situations. All it takes is a simple, “Excuse me, but you’re cutting in front of me,” to let them know that there is a line and they need to take their spot at the back. Although it’s a small situation, don’t set aside your personal rights just to avoid conflict!
Respecting boundaries and protecting your personal space is an essential part of maintaining your self respect. When you find yourself in a difficult situation, think of a resolution or compromise that will enable you to assert yourself with success!
Article Written By: Sabah Karimi; Sabah writes on lifestyle, health, and style for DivaVillage. She’s learned the art of being assertive the easy way—with plenty of practice!