Rumors and Gossip (revised Spring06)

Rumors and Gossip (revised Spring06) - 1. Speed 2. Group...

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Managing Rumors I. Types of Rumors A. “Bogies” reflect feared or anxiety provoking outcomes (Dread rumors) B. “Wedge drivers” intended to divide group loyalties or undermine relationships Negative Positive C. “Pipedreams” reflect desires and hopes Bogies Pipedreams Wedge drivers 75% 18% 7%
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Anxiety Ambiguity Information Importance Credibility (Plausibilit y) Of Rumor x x x There is a multiplicative relationship among the four. Control one and rumors dissipate Managing Rumors Rumors = Both situational Repetition; Physical Cues
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  D. Characteristics
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Unformatted text preview: 1. Speed 2. Group Size 3. Accuracy 4. Self-confirming II. Gossip A. Why gossip? 1. Fun and Interesting 2. Status 3. Hurt 4. Propaganda 5. Record keeping 6. Control 7. Relational maintenance B. Characteristics 1. Negative 2. Involving/Interesting 3. Measure of Integration- intimacy, confidence, in-group 4. Short-lived 5. Highly efficient 6. Gender differences C. Coping with gossip 1. Ignore 2. Deny 3. Label it as gossip 4. Go to source 5. Use support groups 6. Find more information 7. Distract...
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course CMS 315M taught by Professor Daly during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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Rumors and Gossip (revised Spring06) - 1. Speed 2. Group...

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