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The psychology of design: How to create an environment in which you will thrive

Personal Space at the Beach

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80% of the time that I pick a

80% of the time that I pick a spot away from everyone else (more than 40 ft) at an uncrowded beach, a person or a group has to sit within 10 feet of me and it drives me nuts. I am glad that others agree that 20 ft is the ideal distance and I wish other foreigners knew it too.

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Sally Augustin, Ph.D., is a practicing environmental psychologist who studies person-centered design and sensory science.

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