Emotions change sense of space

Social relations, architecture and the environment around shape an individual when growing up. However, it seems that when people are involved in conflict, and feelings of discomfort, anger and resentment determine how one is capable of relating to others, all sense of space disappears.

Even a large house can offer no space in such a case. Especially during adolescence, youngsters are in conflict with their parents; they have to find their own way and at the same time social rules as well as religion tell people to respect and obey their parents. Bawa was part of a research project in Srinagar in Kashmir that focused on youth, violence and conflict, looking at personal space as well. Based on the experiences she had in Srinagar, she concluded that when relationships and the social and emotional space are dominated by religion, that this adds more violence to the conflict. In such a case young people seem to have two ways of responding to these conflicts. Some decide to turn completely inward and shut of the rest of the world, which is a kind of violence that you choose to commit on yourself. Others decide to rebel, which is also a form of violence one is subjecting one self to, because this involves a lot of emotional and personal conflict.