Ch5NOTES - COM 225 10/1/2007 Chapter 5: Relational...

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COM 225 10/1/2007 1. Chapter 5: Relational Competence horseylvrlg12 ( Review ) 7 barriers to accurate perceptions 1. Ignore details 2. Over-generalize 3. Hold onto preconceptions 4. Consistency 5. Make false predictions 6. Simplifying 7. Being negative What relational messages do…? Confirm of disconfirm self-concepts Creates clarity or confusion Shows emotions Results in smooth or problematic communication Using nonverbals for relational messages People often use nonverbal messages to test the water for relationships rather than talk. This is less threatening. Content message What is actually said Relational message – Says something about how people view each other What lesson about relationships can be derived from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice ? How our prejudices keep us from seeing people as they really are. Relational definition - Roles or labels that we give to someone to show how we see our connection with them 1
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COM 225 10/1/2007 Relational culture Relational contract - Implicit agreement between relational partners Relational themes : Dominance or submission Emotional or composed Degree of similarity Formality or intimacy Task-social orientation Dimensions of Intimacy Affection Trust Depth o Inclusion o Intensity Relationships are based on Normative standards Role definitions Unstated rules Relational labels Authors say – males are traditionally more blunt in their relational messages while females are more subtle 3 kinds of messages One-up = control message (bully holding kid up)
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