Anyone know why counters in a pharmacy are designed so the pharmacist looks down upon you as you place your order? This is probably not the right forum for the question, but I'm curious after making a pill run earlier.
AllenG has half of it. To aide in the prevention of theft, bad guys can't get behind the counter without being seen, but my wife who is a Pharm. D. says it is some kind of a safety requirement about the height of the pharm. counter above the main floor.
We have a built in bias as to positioning of people,if you are above a persons eyeline where they have to look up to you you are percieved to be in charge and vice versa,if your eyelines are even then you are percieved to be equals.There are studies that are out there that will provide more information on this. I was taught this when I started to work in the field as a paramedic and it works.