We defend our territory even in public places

It is not strange that the human being tends to defend his territory, either through borders or Numantine defenses of the land he occupies. Myself, in fact, I usually sit at the same cafeteria tables that I frequent. I also do it in the library chairs. And when someone occupies my preferred places, I feel as if an outsider had stolen a plot of my world.

This propensity to defend our territory even if it is public, to urinate it like a dog, was investigated in a study published in 1977 in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology by Barry ruback Y Daniel Juieng. The public site they studied was the parking lot of an Atlanta mall.

The study emphasized that drivers who were about to leave the parking lot, leaving it free for another user, were more reluctant to do so if someone waited, that is, if they were aware that an intruder was going to keep their parking as soon as They will abandon him. As he explains Pierre Barthélémy in his book Chronicles of improbable science:

When the desired situation arose, they started the chronometer when the motorist opened the door to settle in the car and stopped him when he had finished leaving the rectangle that marked the parking space. Result: thirty-two seconds on average when there was no one, forty when another waited ...

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