CMNS 101 Discussion Notes Chp 7

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CMNS 101 Discussion Notes: CHAPTER 7: UNDERSTANDING INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS DEFINING INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIP 1. Two or more people 2. Interdependent (not relationship if they are independent or dependency is in only one direction.) 3. Use some consistent pattern of interaction (common & unique form) 4. Have interacted for some time CONTEXT AND INTERPERSONAL : 1. Who are the people involved? 2. Number of people involved? 3. Degree of access? 4. Setting the relationship takes place in 5. Quality of interaction between the individuals The majority of dyadic communication is IMPERSONAL. Chatting in a line, bus, plane, classroom Discussing the weather with a neighbor , talking politics at work WHY WE FORM RELATIONSHIPS (See text for further explanations) (1) APPEARANCE: Rating system begins early in life continues into adulthood Research proves as relationships deepens the physical factors of attraction lessen Sometimes physical dream person is disappointment
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(2) SIMILARITY Research proves we tend to like people who are similar to us Similarity in attitude is stronger bond than activities or personality Be similar on a small number of issues of great importance rather than large number of issues of less importance MIRROR EFFECT : There are limits to similarity and attraction 1. Boring 2. Predictable 3. Too patterned (3) COMPLEMENTARITY : “O pposites attract” just as valid Differences strengthen a relationship when each partner’s characteristics satisfy the other’s needs. One partner more dominant in different areas or exercises control. ( Money partner and the decorating partner) (4) RECIPROSITY : Single most important determinant of whether we like someone 1. It bolsters our self-esteem 2. confirms our self-concept 3. quality and quantity of time spent with each other tells others your level of concern. This is appealing (5) COMPETENCE : We like to be with skilled, bright, competent people. We also like some flaws: perfect people are difficult to handle
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(6) DISCLOSURE : Revealing important information about yourself can help build liking Disclosure is a sign of trust and regard Becomes more important as relationship depends over time Disclosure needs to be appropriate for the context, setting, and the stage of the relationship.
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  • Fall '16
  • partner, Interpersonal relationship

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