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Chapter 2 - Chapter 2 What's Stopping You-People who have...

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Chapter 2: What’s Stopping You? -People who have dispositional anxiety about communication are profoundly affected by it. Anxiety permeates most parts of their lives. Dispositional communication anxiety: *Inadequate positive reinforcement --Quiteness is reinforced during childhood and talking is discouraged in some homes. --Children receive no response when they attempt to communicate as a child and eventually withdraw from attempts because they feel their efforts will be futile. --Learned helplessness occurs when you receive there is inconsistancy in responses to your communication. You eventually stop trying because it seems like nothing you would do could influence the outcome. *Poor skill development --People who are currently anxious about communication either acquired fewer communication skills when they were young or gained those skills later than their peers *Inadequate or poor models --People learn behaviors by watching others, and then imitating them. Stage Fright: -Situational anxiety occurs even in people who are low in dispositional apprehension
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