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Self-Disclosure/Trust Week 5 Notes

by: Jenny Dixon

Self-Disclosure/Trust Week 5 Notes CDFS 3330

Jenny Dixon
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Class notes for week 5
Dynamics of interpersonal relationships
Beth Emery
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This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by Jenny Dixon on Friday September 23, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to CDFS 3330 at Middle Tennessee State University taught by Beth Emery in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 4 views. For similar materials see Dynamics of interpersonal relationships in Child Development and Family Studies at Middle Tennessee State University.

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Date Created: 09/23/16
Dynamics of Interpersonal Relationships CDFS 3330-001 9/20/16 Notes Week 5 Notes “Self-Disclosure and Feedback” -Johari Window: View into the relationship 1) Common Knowledge (known to self 2) Blind to self (not known to self) and others) 3) Hidden area “secrets” (not known to 4) Unknown self (unknown to self and others) others) -Self-disclosure: -Expressing yourself, likes/dislikes, etc -Balancing self-disclosure and privacy: Social Penetration Theory- Movement from common (shallow) to deeper disclosures (like an onion, get to core). : Process is cyclical: Self-disclosure is a focal point of most mate selection theories. Is the assumption of these theories flawed? -Reciprocity -Managing Privacy -Culture and self-disclosure: Formal cultures- Less self-disclosure (work/business). : Informal cultures: More self-disclosure (Western civilization) -Gender: Women disclose more : Men and women disclose more to women : Men engage in “report talk” (facts) : Women engage in “rapport talk” (building relationships) -Guidelines for appropriate self-disclosure: : Reciprocity- Disclose to others what you want them to disclose to you : Disclose what is appropriate for relationship : Only disclose intimate info at acceptable risk : Be sensitive to others and have ability to absorb disclosure : Continue to self-disclose only if it is reciprocated : Save most intimate disclosure for intimate relationships -Giving Constructive Feedback: -What others think about you and what you’re doing -Purpose: To help a person in their situation -Focus your feedback on: BEHAVIOR, not on personality : DESCRIPTIONS, not judgement : SPECIFIC SITUATION, not abstract behavior : HERE & NOW, not there & then : PERCEPTIONS/FEELINGS, not advice : ACTIONS that a person can CHANGE -DO NOT: Force feedback : Give more feedback than people can handle Dynamics of Interpersonal Relationships CDFS 3330-001 9/22/16 Week 5 Notes “Developing and Maintaining Trust” -Building Interpersonal Trust: -Risk: Trusting someone takes a risk : Consequences- Good/bad, harmful/helpful - They are worse (has more of an impact: telling secret vs. keeping it) : Confirmation: The risk was worth it/ not worth it -Being Trusting and Trustworthy: -Based on: Acceptance : Support : Cooperation : Reciprocating disclosures: Balance of sharing -Trusting Appropriately: - Gaining Confidence in others -Situational -Trusting & the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: - Expectations + Assumptions= Behavior (walking alone + (getting attacked) in dark) -Trust exists in the relationship, not the personality -Culture and Communication: -Culture: System of beliefs, values, and attitudes shared by a particular segment of the population. - Values: Commonly accepted standards (right/wrong, fair/unfair) : Ideal values- Those that members of a culture profess to uphold (freedom of speech) : Real values- Those that can be seen guiding behaviors of members (not everyone had freedom of speech) -Intercultural Communication: Interactions that occur between people whose cultures are so different that the communication between them is altered. -Culture shock: Psychological discomfort of adjusting to a new cultural situation - Cultural identity: Part of your self-image that is based on the cultural group(s) with which you associate yourself. -Dominant Culture: Culture within a society whose attitudes, values, beliefs, and customs hold the majority opinion. -Co-cultures: Groups of people living within a dominant culture who are clearly different from dominant culture. : Gender : Social Class : Generation Identifying Cultural Similarities and Differences: - Individualism-Collectivism: Extent to which people in a culture are integrated into groups. :Individualistic Cultures Value: Personal rights/responsibilities : Competition & personal achievement : Self-expression : Privacy : Collectivist cultures value: Community/connection to groups : Harmony and cooperation : Avoiding embarrassment : Group interests over self-interests


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