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Difference between a closed door and a locked door?

Asked by DancingMind (5814 points ) December 18th, 2009

A lot of times when I put my dogs in their kennels I don’t latch the door, just close it. Sometimes, the dogs act like the door is locked anyway… Sometimes they push their nose on it, swing it open, and walk out.
Sometimes I’ll stand in front of an unlocked but closed door, and wait for someone else to come up too, just to see if they try to open it, or assume since I’m there it’s locked…

I was just wondering… what do you think is the difference between a closed door and a locked door? Do they have the same effect?... Or no?
And, what different ‘doors’ have you run into in life—how did you handle them? Were they locked, or just closed? How did you find out?

(Recently I’ve realized that a door I’ve been staring at for a very long time thinking was locked, wasn’t… I could have always gone through it, if I just tried…)

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Beta_Orionis's avatar

Someone once told me (In the human world,) locked doors keep honest people honest.

Personally, I can’t help but explore, so if a door is left unlocked, curiosity wins. There’s still a difference when it’s someone’s bedroom or office versus an industrial room, etc.

Metaphorically, I keep explaining to incoming college freshman that they are not actually restricted to the courses suggested by their home department. You wouldn’t believe how many people are astonished to find the can elect to take any course (including grad courses) provided the instructor approves. You can instantly see the possibilities begin fill their eyes and the freedom modify they’re whole body posture.

Personally, I enjoy encountering and then passing through unlocked doors in life that didn’t seem to exist at all previously the best.

p.s. I really appreciate that this question was inspired by your puppies. Another classic illustration of “you won’t know until you try” :D

NUNYA's avatar

Closed door means I don’t wanna company right now….....matter of speaking. You are not up to talking/visiting/chatting etc. right now.
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Locked door means I don’t wanna have you in my life EVER!! So move on.
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In my past when I was young and stupid I had a lot more closed doors then locked ones. Now that I have gotten older and wiser I have to say I have more locked doors then closed ones. Sad but true! I have a VAULT door actually. Nah, not that bad.
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GREAT Question! Intense!

SeventhSense's avatar

I always come in through the back door.

Cruiser's avatar

Funny how the first thing I thought of was the door to the bosses office. Any time it was closed 1 of 3 things was happening…a private personal conversation, a reaming, or someone was spilling their guts to him. That closed door usually meant a life changing moment was occurring…I know… I was in that room with the door closed a few times. The last time that happened he resigned and I took over his position and now get to close that door when need be! That door has lots of power!!

Pazza's avatar

An I thought it was just the lock!
I guess it comes down to body language, if your body language says closed door, I might engage, if the body language says locked door I probably wont even try the handle.

@SeventhSense
Your gonna get moderated!.......;-)

Beta_Orionis's avatar

@Pazza moderation in this case is highly unlikely

Pazza's avatar

@Beta_Orionis
I sensed a presence

@DancingMind – As for dogs, maybe your body language is giving away the unlockedness of said door.

Blackberry's avatar

I thought this was a stupid question until I read the description lol. Very nice. I’ve opened one door that I thought was locked and that was the door of speaking my mind and not letting people make my decisions for me. I assumed it was locked because I let people tell me it was, without actually trying to see if it was locked. So I turned the knob and the door flung open :)

NUNYA's avatar

<<HIGH FIVE>> Blackberry! Feels good don’t it!!??

mcbealer's avatar

My dog (a weimaraner) regularly head butts closed doors, just to make sure we meant to keep her out.

NUNYA's avatar

@mcbealer ROFL @ making sure we MEANT to keep her out. HAHAHAHAHAHA!

Pazza's avatar

Sometimes the door to fluther looks closed, and I have to keep my foot in it, but maybe thats my own fault for aggravating people, all be it unintentially.

Blackberry's avatar

@NUNYA Yes, it does feel good :)

SeventhSense's avatar

@Pazza
No way..don’t encourage the lurking butlers

Pazza's avatar

@SeventhSense
Ah you sense them too, we must both be Jedi.

thriftymaid's avatar

How old do you have to be to be on this site?

Freedom_Issues's avatar

A closed door means, please don’t enter without knocking, and I want some privacy. A locked door means, haha you can’t get in even if you tried.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

When I first saw this question I had intended to answer on a purely technical level (closed vs.latched vs.locked).

At the second level, I have been trained to assume that closed/latched/locked are the same thing and one must knock and wait for clearance or invitation to enter. To a person conditioned like I am, a closed door is the same thing as a locked vault.

At the third level, human body language, I am utterly clueless. Everything is a locked door to me unless there is an explicit sign directing me otherwise. Autism.

Fyrius's avatar

Ever spent hours choosing and finally purchasing an elaborate assortment of lock picks and reading up on how pin tumbler locks work, then got down on one knee in front of the door and carefully wriggled each pin of the lock into position before finally turning the cylinder, and only then found out it was never really locked in the first place?
Story of my life.

Ever bumped face-first into a door that wouldn’t open? That’s the recurring intermezzo.

alexhall's avatar

The closed doors may not ensure the safety. Just to be close for resistance. The locked are assured for security purpose.

Pachy's avatar

I say this half-jokingly, but only half… whenever I see my manager’s door closed, I automatically assume she’s talking about me and it’s not something good. It’s a holdover from earlier years when paranoia was my constant companion at work.

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