SOCIAL PENETRATION THEORY Introduction Introduced by Irwin Altman and Dalmas Taylor. This theory identifies the process of increasing disclosure and intimacy within a relationship. Assumptions of Theory Relationships progress from nonintimate to intimate. o For instance, on a first date, people tend to present their outer images only, talking about hobbies. o As the relational development progresses, wider and more controversial topics such as political views are included in the conversations. Relationship development is generally systematic and predictable o This assumption indicates the predicability of relationship development. o Although it is impossible to foresee the exact and precise path of relational development, there is certain trajectory to follow. Relationship development includes depenetration and dissolution. o For example, after prolonged and fierce fights, a couple who originally planned to get married may decide to break up and turn to be strangers ultimately.
- Fall '17
- Dr. Mohamad Noor Salehhuddin bin Sharipudin