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Com120 09 stages_13ed part 2
Com120 09 stages_13ed part 2
Com120 09 stages_13ed part 2
Com120 09 stages_13ed part 2
Com120 09 stages_13ed part 2
Com120 09 stages_13ed part 2
Com120 09 stages_13ed part 2
Com120 09 stages_13ed part 2
Com120 09 stages_13ed part 2
Com120 09 stages_13ed part 2
Com120 09 stages_13ed part 2
Com120 09 stages_13ed part 2
Com120 09 stages_13ed part 2
Com120 09 stages_13ed part 2
Com120 09 stages_13ed part 2
Com120 09 stages_13ed part 2
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  • 1. Ch 9: Interpersonal Relationships Stages Theories Communication
  • 2. Theories Attraction Rules Relationship dialectics Social penetration Social Exchange Equity
  • 3. Attraction theory Major factors influence “Attraction” • Similarity • Proximity • Reinforcement • Attractiveness: Physical & Personality • Status • Reciprocity
  • 4. Rules Theory Relationships are governed by rules. When these are broken, the relationship experiences deterioration and possible dissolution. ◦ Friendship ◦ Romantic ◦ Family
  • 5. Relationship Dialectics theory In any relationship, there are natural ongoing tensions within certain areas: ◦ Closedness vs openness ◦ Autonomy vs connection ◦ Novelty vs predictability
  • 6. ClosednessOpenness
  • 7. ConnectionAutonomy
  • 8. PredictabilityNovelty
  • 9. Social Penetration Theory As you progress in developing a relationship, social penetration is likely to increase. As intimacy increases, breadth and depth of conversations increase.
  • 10. Breadth Topic Topic one two Topic three
  • 11. Depth Very personal Less personal Not personal
  • 12. Depth Intimate Involvement Contact
  • 13. Social Penetration Theory This theory works in reverse as well. What does that mean?
  • 14. Social Exchange Social Exchange: we develop social relationships that allow us to maximize “profit” ◦ Comparison level ◦ Comparison level for alternatives
  • 15. Equity theory Similar to Social Exchange We develop and maintain relationships that seem “equal” – our ratio of rewards to costs is equal to the other’s.
  • 16. Theories Attraction Rules Relationship dialectics Social penetration Social Exchange Equity

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