What was going on?


It is common in the Middle East for people to sit and converse at much closer distances than US-American are used to. The guy was just connecting with me on a topic he obviously felt strongly about and didnít mean to make me claustrophobic. Even though I knew exactly what was going on, I could not control my feelings and needed to take a breather. While I never got totally used to it, I got so I could control my  "flee" response after a while.