public transport forces us to act differently to ‘normal’?

…crowded public transport, there is inescapably close and threateningly close. When someone steps over that invisible line, when you start to feel troubled, you want to step backwards away from the space-invader, and you focus less on what they are saying than on how close they are to you. The trick here is not to back away but to somehow create a whole new space: turn to wave hello to someone passing, turn away to get something out of a bag, at the same time subtly putting some clear water between you and the invader.

This is true. Something about someone coming to close or sitting too close to us on public transport enforces you to create a distraction and automatically create yourself a new personal space…

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