To respect someone is to value that person’s ideas, feelings, space, or privacy. We show respect by listening to people and trying to follow their wishes when it comes to their feelings and body. It is important to respect others but it is also very important to respect yourself by staying in control of yourself and telling people when they are making you uncomfortable.
One way you respect yourself and others is to respect personal space. Everyone has a bubble of space they keep between themselves and others. If you invade their space you can make them feel uncomfortable. It’s important to remember that not everyone wants to be touched or hugged. If you invade someone’s personal space they can get angry or upset. Think of a time when someone hugged you and you didn’t really want them to.
With new friends it’s important to respect their personal space. When they feel comfortable around you they may want you closer. Also remember that it’s ok to tell someone if they are invading your personal space.