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Exam 2 Study Guide COMM 3200

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Interpersonal Communication
Amanda Denes
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Comm 3200: Interpersonal Communication  Exam 2 Study Guide Uncertainty What is uncertainty reduction theory?— People have a need to be able to predict and explain their  own and others behaviors, especially in initial interactions.   Know the principles of uncertainty reduction theory:  •  Principle 1:   people seek information to reduce uncertainty during initial interactions with others  • we seek information in an attempt to understand the situation  •  Principle 2:   people can reduce uncertainty using passive, active or interactive strategies  • passive—non intrusive and observational  • active—purposefully manipulation the social environment in a certain way and then observing  how someone reacts to this manipulation  • interactive—involve direct contact between information seeker and target  •  Principle   As uncertainty decreases, attraction usually increases What is predicted outcome theory?—takes the positive vs the negative aspects of information into  account, whether we seek information depends on whether outcomes dare negative or they are positive  What is expectancy violations theory?—behaviors that devote from expectations are likely to increase  person’s motivation to reduce uncertainty  Uncertainty vs. certainty orientation—certainty oriented/high need for closure: seize and freeze on the information, show more trust in the partners.  Uncertainty oriented/low need to closure: engage in  exploration, can detect changes in mood and behaviors, better in first date situations  Know the different types of secret tests • asking the 3rd party—feedback from social networks  • directness tests—direct interaction with partner • triangle tests—intended to test the partner’s commitment level by creating a triangle  • separation tests—relies on creating physical distance between relational partners  • endurance tests—increases that costs or reduces the rewards—testing the limits  • public presentation tests—watching for the other person’s reaction to the sue of relational labels  • indirect suggestion test—hinting or joking to bring up a topic with out taking direct responsibility  Know the different types of expectancies (i.e., predictive, prescriptive, etc.) • Predictive: what we expect based on what normal happens in that relationship  • prescriptive:  what we expect based on appropriateness  • how many rewards or positive outcomes someone brings to the relationship  • the more rewards more okay with things that might cause violations when we like the person Relationship Initiation and Disclosure Know quasi­courtship behaviors • courtship readiness—showing confidence  • preening behaviors—manipulations of appearance  • positional cues—using posture and body orientation to be noticed  • direct appeals to invitation—close proximity to the target, open body positions and eye contact  Know Knapp’s relational escalation model (and characteristics of each stage) • Initiation  • experimental  • intensifying  • integrating  • bonding  What are relational turning points? • “chopper view”  • emphasize turning points and events that have a strong impact  • get to know time  • quality time and moments  • passionate events  • physical separating and reunions  • exclusivity/external competition  • new family members  • interference from a romantic partner  • disengagement or first big fight/ make­up  • crisis: sacrifice/support  • postive or negative psychic change  What is social penetration theory?—communication, particularly self disclosure is the only way tot  move toward intimacy  Know the stages detailed in social penetration theory • orientation  • exploratory affective exchange  • affective exchange  • stable exchange  Know the dimensions of disclosure explained in social penetration theory • superficial  • social  • intimate  • depth—intimacy level of the topic  • breadth—range of topics  • frequency—how often and the amount of disclosure  • valence—is there a positive or a negative change  • duration—length of the particular disclosure What is self­disclosure? • occurs when people reveal something about themselves  • some is superficial while other pieces of information are more personal  • increases in self­disclosure occur when relationships develop  Know the relationship between disclosure and liking (and the two hypotheses that go with this) • disclosure­liking  • that the more that you disclose the more likely it will lead to liking  • liking­disclosure  • if you like someone you are more likely to disclose more information to them  What is the role of reciprocity in self­disclosure?  • we tend to disclose and the same level of intensity  • dyadic effect—says that the reciprocity of self­disclosure is the vehicle to which people build  relationships  Know the fears associated with self­disclosure • exposure  • rejection  • angry attacks  • loss of control  • losing individuality  What leads to disliking with self­disclosure? • then one discloses to much information (TMI!!!!)  • when people think that you disclose personal information to everyone  • when disclosure is responded to negatively  • when you are experiencing the chilling effect  Closeness and Affection What is affectionate communication? • affection is a need and an emotion  • want to feel accepted and cared for  • rooted in feelings of fondness, caring and positive regard for someone  • affectionate communication=behavior that portrays feelings of fondness and positive regard for the  other person • communicated in 3 ways  • direct verbal  • direct non verbal  • indirect non verbal  Know the types of closeness • physical  • emotional  • relational  Know the types of direct verbal/direct nonverbal/indirect nonverbal affectionate communication • direct verbal  • self disclosure  • direct emotional expressions  • compliments and praise  • assurances and relationship talk  • direct nonverbal  • physical contact and distancing  • eye behavior  • vocalic behavior  • Indirect nonverbal  • support behaviors  • idiomatic behaviors  • any gesture that shows closeness  What is affection exchange theory? affectionate communication is biologically adaptive behavior that evolved because it helps  people provide and obtain valuable resources necessary for survival  What are the three kinds of social support? • invisible  • practical  • emotional  Know levels of person­centered messages • acknowledge, elaborate on and validate feelings and concerns of the stressed person  • high PCM=help the person gain new perspective  • moderate PCM= acknowledge feeling but do not help the situation  • low PCM= more potato centered; deny legitimacy of feelings or blame person for the situation What is the best combo of person­centered messages and nonverbal immediacy? • feel best when high PCM message and high non verbal message  Know sex differences in friendships • females are more likely to have expressive friendships  • males tend to have more agentic friendships  • focus on companionship and shared activities  Love and Attachment Know Lee’s love styles • Eros (love of beauty)  • powerfully attracted to physical appearances  • clear image of ideal lover  • eager for rapid imimacy, disclosure, sex etc  • self confident in love  • Ludus (playful love)  • not ready to settle down; avoids commitment by avoiding contact  • game­player, prefers “playing the field”  • minimal jealousy  • sex if for fun and enjoyment  • Storge (companionate love)  • love must grow from friendship  • shared interests and compatibility are essential  • self­confident and secure in love  • avoids extreme emotions  •  Mania (obsessive love) combination of Ludus and Eros  • intense yet avoidant/manipulative  • ambivalence and tension  • dependent, possessive and jealous  • insatiable appetite for affection and attention  • Pragma (Realistic Love) Ludus and Storge  • compassionate dominance and control  • constructs a “shopping list” of desired features  • cool headed, detached and deliberate  • yet a desire to settle down  • Agape (Altruistic love)  • passionate selflessness and altruism  • minimal jealousy  • more an ideal that an accomplishment  • enduring patience, gentle affection and sexual restraint Know sex differences in love Know Sternberg’s triangular theory of love and the different types of love that come from it • Intimacy, Passion and commitment  • Intimacy  • Warm component  • most foundational to love  • based on feelings of emotional connection and love  • Latent intimacy—internal feelings of closeness and warmth  • manifest intimacy—how people communicate affection and closeness to someone  • Passion  • Hot component  • NOT STABLE  • hard to control  • can occur in different types of relationships  • but in romantic relationships the focus is on sexual attraction  • difficult to maintain, unstable to relationships  • Commitment  • Cool component  • decision to love someone and maintain that love  • important part of love for many  • MOST STABLE over time What is unrequited love and the reasons it happens? • occurs when one person want to have an intimate or intensify the relationship and the other does not  • Reasons  • done know one another well enough  • one wants to be friends one wants more  • after a few dates one person wants to process  • occurs in established relationships when they fall out of love 


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