The Concept Privacy and Its Biological Basis

Peter H. Klopfer, Daniel I. Rubenstein

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Privacy is viewed as a regulatory process that serves to selectively control access of external stimulation to one's self or the flow of information to others. It may be manifested by a physical separation or withdrawal from conspecifics. Privacy may also be manifested by actions that mislead potential competitors as to the motivational status or strength of the individual in question. The degree to which this occurs is often related to simple economic (cost/benefit) principles. But in each species the variables that define the cost/benefit equation may vary. Generalizations about privacy are thus unlikely to prove useful. 1977 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-65
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Social Issues
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1977

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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