The emotion I used was intimate space. This is very different for me. I usually do not communicate in this way where I am this personal. Being zero to one half feet from people that I usually communicate in normal terms was uncomfortable. I tend to like my own space, keeping everyone at arm’s length. Becoming this way was very uncomfortable for me. I felt as if I was invading their space throughout the day, and the people around me seemed to feel the same way. Even though we all are family, we tend to communicate in normal ways. We respect each other’s space and give one another the space needed. We all show care in love when we give each other a hug, or pat one another on the back, but to be this close throughout a conversation is very different.
I planned on acting out my emotion by having a conversation with everyone at my mother’s home. We always sit around the table many times throughout the day, or we sit and watch TV together. I made an effort to sit close to everyone there at one point throughout the day, getting very close to them. Making the situation an intimate space touching their arm and leaning towards them as we speak communicate. Involved in the process was, my mother, father, sister, brother-in-law, girlfriend, both nieces and my girlfriend’s son.
My mother was very receptive to the way I was acting. It seemed as if she enjoyed me being that close to her when we were together. She put her hand on mine. She put her head on my shoulder and looked me in the eye a lot more than normal. I think she enjoyed the time that we shared at that moment. It was an eye opener for me to see my mother respond in the manner that she did. I will make a conscious effort to this more often with her. She noticed my emotion after about one minute.
My father was not so receptive to the idea. He seemed to feel uncomfortable, moving away a bit to get more space. He even got up to get a glass...