Sara Steinberg Précis #2 The Social Exchange theory explains why people stay in or leave relationships. As the theory shows, it is human nature to balance out the worth of a relationship, primarily in terms of costs and rewards. If the rewards or positive elements in a relationship are greater than the costs, the elements of negative value, then we are likely to explore a relationship further. In the case of the opposite being true, the relationship will probably end. We seek the rewards and try to avoid the costs because we are rational beings. Everyone is in a given matrix determined by external and internal factors but we can transform this into an effective matrix to try and maximize the rewards, by working with or around what we are given. In other words, the costs and rewards steer our behaviors. The SET theory also states that relationships are interdependent. The Prisoner’s Dilemma illustrates this cause and effect pattern that our behaviors can have on us and on others. This game theory shows that not everyone will use the same standards when
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course COMM 200 taught by Professor Theiss during the Fall '07 term at Rutgers.