The Psychology of Territoriality and Privacy

Wooden fence

When a person marks a territory, he or she installs estate fences and gates that will secure his or home. A gate allows people and vehicles to go in and out of the property, whether residential, commercial, or industrial.

A gate may also be a symbol of neutrality. As a person opens and closes the gate, he is in between his territory and the territory of others. Such person is caught between a familiar and unfamiliar ground.

We fear unfamiliar ground.

An unfamiliar ground sparks fear inside most people. Here, they put their guard up for possible danger. Senses are on high alert for sudden unexpected changes in the environment. Conversely, familiarity is generally a direct correlation with safety. When persons become more familiar with their surroundings, such heightened senses gradually diminish. In time, persons become more comfortable with their environment.

We crave privacy.

Almost all persons pay for privacy or an increased version of it. As an example, rather than share a room with a person you don’t know in a packaged tour, you, as a tourist, more often than not pay for a solo room. Here, you can relax without making maximum precautions on your safety and that of your possessions especially when sleeping.

Today, with a touch of a button, anyone can control his or her privacy. A person just has to switch off technology or go inside his territory. However, be sure to connect too with family and friends, as too much privacy can be a cause for frayed human relationships.