INTERPERSONAL DISTANCE By N., Pam M.S. - May 11, 2013 The distance that people choose to keep between themselves and other people. The distance is smaller for friends and relatives than it is for strangers. See proxemics. INTERPERSONAL DISTANCE: "Joe's interpersonal distance with strangers was very large." Related Psychology Terms DISTANCE ZONE INTIMATE ZONE OPTIMAL INTERPERSONAL DISTANCE PERSONAL DISTANCE ZONE BUBBLE CONCEPT OF PERSONAL SPACE SIZE-DISTANCE PARADOX SOCIAL ZONE AUDITORY DISTANCE PERCEPTION SOCIOMETRIC DISTANCE CASUAL CROWD Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "INTERPERSONAL DISTANCE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, May 11, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/interpersonal-distance/ (accessed January 2, 2020).