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Verdeber CH 7: Interpersonal Relationships

Interpersonal Communication
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Cedric Howard

on 4 October 2018

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Transcript of Verdeber CH 7: Interpersonal Relationships

Managing Dialectical Tensions
Relational Deterioration (Knapp/Vangelisti 2000)
Stages in Interpersonal Relationships
Stages in Interpersonal Relationships
May be avoided
Varies across cultures
Varies by co-culture
Most satisfaction with moderate self-disclosure
Factors of Appropriate
Self-Disclosure
Increases with relational intimacy
Tends to be reciprocal
Factors of Appropriate
Self-Disclosure
Increase understanding of ourselves
Develop more positive attitude toward self and others
Develop more meaningful relationships
Importance of Self-Disclosure
Self-Disclosure
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Inevitable and normal
Can be functional
Can be dysfunctional
Conflict in Interpersonal Relationships
Two or more people
Interdependent people
Consistent pattern of interaction
Interaction over time, > self-disclosure
Interpersonal Relationships
Chapter 7:
Interpersonal Relationships

Affectionate and supportive communication
Influence others
Unique relationship
Essential Interpersonal Behaviors
Hurtful messages
Motivations for
Terminating Relationships
Relational Maintenance
Stages in Interpersonal Relationships
Technology &
Interpersonal Relationships
Helps in grieving and healing fractured identity
Adds relational depth and meaning
Importance of Self-Disclosure
Basic interpersonal needs
Inclusion
Affection
Control
Complementary relationships
Symmetrical relationships
Importance of Interpersonal Relationships
Proximity

Attractiveness

Responsiveness

Similarity

Complementarity
Motivations for
Initiating Relationships
"Process making
intentional revelations about self
to others"
Known to Self
Not known to self
Known to
others
Not known
to others
Open Area
(I)
Blind Area
(II)
Hidden Area
(III)
Unknown Area
(IV)
observable, freely disclosed info
others perception
of you
non-disclosed info
ex. health issue, disease
Relational Development
(Knapp/Vangelisti 2000)
Initiating

Experimenting

Intensifying

Integrating

Bonding
1st impression/commonality
serious, moderate self disclosure (+)
feelings, active participation, concern
mirroring behavior, social circles, interests, etc
outward symbol of commitment
Dialectical Tensions
Connection/Autonomy
Predictability/Novelty
Openness/Closedness
Differentiating


Circumscribing


Stagnating


Avoiding


Terminating
Deceptive communication
Aggressiveness
Argumentativeness
Defensiveness
Active:

attack to def. self
Acquiescent:

cry, apologize
Invulnerable:

laugh/ignore
Co-workers, neighbors, classmates
Social value, beauty
+ Interest in self, > listener
Likes/dislikes, interests
+ Strengths and weaknesses
Likelihood of revealing
negative information

increases
with intimacy of relationship
Can be used inappropriately
"Set of
expectations
two people have for each other
based on
their
previous interactions
"
Interpersonal Communication
Impersonal Communication
Casual surface conversation w/ others
Little to zero self-disclosure
Types of Relationships
Acquaintances
Friends
Intimates
People who we know by name, but
interactions are mostly impersonal
People with whom we have
voluntarily negotiated more personal relationships
People with who we share a
high degree of interdependence, commitment, disclosure, understanding, affection, & trust
Platonic Relationships:
Romantic Relationships:
< Sexual attraction, > self-disclosure
> Sexual attraction & self-disclosure
Hyperpersonal Communication
Assumption that people we interact w/ online have similar traits, interests, hobbies, etc.
Media Multiplexity
Utilization of multiple online & electronic mediums to
maintain & disengage
friendship, relationship, etc.
Emphasize differences > similarities
Decreased interactions, time, self-disclosure
< Voluntary activity together, > convenience
Reluctant & hostile interactions
No longer seen as a pair
Baxter & Montgomery (1996); Baxter & Braithwaite (2009); Baxter (2011)
Temporal Selection
Topical Segmentation
Neutralization
Reframing
Addressing one tension & ignoring its opposite for the time being
(Conscious effort to spend time together)
Choosing certain topics to address together while keeping others private
(Dinner Reservations vs. Politics)
Compromising desires between two partners
(Spontaneity vs. Predictability)
> Conscious word choice to describe tension perspective
Chapter Overview
Types of relationships
Interpersonal & Impersonal Relationships
Self-Disclosure
Technology & Relationships
Relational stages, maintenance, & deterioration
Bargaining & Improvement
Bargaining
Learning communication skills
Maintaining behavioral flexibility
Social Acceptability (1957)
Follow-Up Questions
What aspects of social groups remain true for modern society and what aspects are outdated? Consider gender, social class, technology, etc.

How does technology impact social groups today versus what was shown in the video?

What aspects of interpersonal communication are acceptable today that were not in 1957?
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