In the 1950s, Colonel John Boyd of the United States Air Force created a concept known as the O.O.D.A loop. The acronym is simple, and stands for the decision making process.
During this holiday season, we will take you through this process, with the first step in the loop,
The most critical time this comes into effect, in my opinion, is when a person enters what is known as your personal space. In proxemics (the study of space and how population density in that space effects behavior) personal space is 1.5 to 4 feet. At this stage, a person’s action will always be faster than your reaction, and the distance can make reaction nearly impossible. A stranger in this space will immediately catch your attention and make you feel uncomfortable.
Situations can vary and speaking directly to a stranger can be tricky, so if you are concerned about how to maintain your personal space during crowded holiday activities, Here’s a link to Connect with SDTG and we’ll give you some personalized tips.