Expectancy violation theory

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Expectancy violation theory

  1. 1. Expectancy Violation Theory<br />
  2. 2. What if I told you these are the people responsible for this theory?<br />
  3. 3. Maybe your thinking <br />“this theory must <br />be really cool”<br />Or.….<br />“This theory must be<br /> completely made up”<br />
  4. 4. Either way, <br />that’s probably not what you expected<br />
  5. 5. Your response to the unexpected poses<br />(the violation) <br />is the basis of the theory<br />Expectancy violation theory explains responses to nonverbal behaviors<br /> that break the norm for particular situations or relationships <br />
  6. 6. How positively or negatively a violation or communicator is viewed is called Valence<br />What? Violation doesn’t have to be a bad thing….<br />
  7. 7. It’s a great way to study interpersonal communication <br />I’d say they’re <br />communicating <br />positively<br />
  8. 8. Why pay this any attention???<br />So we understand <br />why we take <br />offense or enjoy<br /> unexpected <br />changes in other’s<br /> behavior and<br /> how to deal with<br /> those changes.<br />And maybe avoid potential embarrassment<br />
  9. 9. However:<br />determining if the person committing the violations is liked or valued enough to ignore the violation is unique to those involved<br />A different culture or sub-culture means different expectancies<br />Personality (introvert/extrovert, aggressive, detached) <br />can shape the definition of violation as much as social norms<br />
  10. 10. This theory can be applied to tons of interactions<br />friends<br />partners<br />student/professor<br />strangers<br />first date<br />roommates<br />Parent/child<br />
  11. 11. Before you go…<br />It’s all about responding to unexpected nonverbal behavior<br />Valence is a measure of how positive or negative <br />Used in Interpersonal Communication<br />Expectancy theory explains the why and how of violations <br />
  12. 12. April Richardson<br />asricha@clemson.edu<br />

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