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Unformatted text preview: Comm 1 Mullin 2/5/08 Interpersonal Communication (contd.) Relational Development Relational Stages Knapps Staircase Model Difference in communication at each stage Stages of coming together can apply to friendship or romantic relationship, vary but can be applied o Initiating and experimenting initial display of self, small talk, audition, testing o Intensifying increase in self disclosure, nicknames, we pronouns, personal idioms(tied to you), verbal shortcuts o Integrating unique separate, together, all of the intensifying parts as well as, cultivate opinions as a couple, others treat you as a couple, romance starts to happen more here, common property o Bonding public ritual, formal binding, social and institutional support Stages of coming apart o Differentiating emphasize differences between the two people, talking about differences, more me/you then we, disagreements o Circumscribing less info exchange, topics controlled, superficial...
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