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How You Can Protect Your Personal Space

We all know that we have our own personal space, or as some people like to call it their personal "bubble." This is  a space that is a "comfort zone that deals with the distance that we each have for physical and emotional interactions with people." An example of someone invading your personal space would be, "a roommate who "barrows" your clothes without asking, and returns them damaged or never returns them." You personal space is yours and your should be able to protect it. F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W., a contributor writer for Psychology Today says that your personal space is important and you should protect it. Barth also has some tips to help you do so:

  1. Identify and accept your personal boundary needs
  2. Be polite but firm
  3. Start with something small
  4. Know what you mean when you say "yes" 
  5. Stop feeling guilty 

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Chris Massman is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Chris' training includes Family Systems Theory along with numerous other theories. She believes therapy is an art and chooses the theory she feels will most benefit the individual sitting in front of her. Her specialty lies is in the field of Chemical Dependency and Addictions. Chris is currently seeing individuals, couples and families. Chris is a Clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as well as the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Chris has two locations including Tarzana and Agoura Hills, CA.