Expectancy Violation Theory - Intimate in an Elevator - Not!

2181 WordsMar 12, 20119 Pages
Running head: INTIMATE ELEVATOR Intimate in an Elevator – Not! Intimate in an Elevator – Not! How often do you take an elevator to get to your destination? In looking at a typical week, I use elevators at a minimum thirty times. During each elevator ride, I adhere to a set of rules governing elevator etiquette. These rules, based on common sense, were not presented to me in written form, but were learned over time through communicating with others. Some of the more common elevator rules include waiting for passengers to exit prior to boarding, holding the door for someone who is just seconds away, not talking on cell phones, keeping personal information to yourself, and, as much as possible, allowing others around you…show more content…
This distance is more commonly associated with elevator rides and is considered an acceptable distance. Remember the unwritten elevator rule; allow others around you their personal space. The lunch group that day complied. When we boarded the elevator, we acted according to how we were expected. We pressed the appropriate button for our floor and moved to the back wall to allow others to board. The other rider, the one who stood in Ross’s intimate space, showed no regard for space or the negative effect he was causing. It seemed that since Ross was standing behind him, the man did not feel any discomfort with the distance between them. People use elevators to move between locations within a structure. Elevators can be considered public and secondary territories. They are public territories since they are available to anyone who enters the building. For people who park in the garage and work in the building, the elevator becomes a secondary territory. It is not their primary territory, but it allows them to move between two of their primary territories, their office and their vehicle. In talking to others, I believe that most people consider the elevator as an extension of their working environment and will act in accordance with their workplace manners. The actions of this individual violated the expectations that Ross and the rest of the group held with regards to riding in elevators. The expectation was that everyone

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