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The Three Areas of Communication Studies Communication Theory Communication theory is interested in communication within relationships (or how individuals communicate with each other). There are two general types of relationships: relationships of circumstance and relationships of choice. Relationships of circumstance are formed because our lives overlap with others in some way (e.g., classmates, coworkers, teacher- student, salesclerk-customer, etc.). Relationships of choice are formed because we seek out and intentionally develop the relationship (e.g., friends, romantic partners, etc.). In these communication acts, communication theory examines the content element of the message (what you are trying to communicate to the other person) and the relational element of the message (how you feel about the other person with whom you are communicating). For example, the messages “I need that report by 5 pm” and “Would it be possible for you to get that report to me by 5 pm?” both contain similar content. However, the first statement is a demand while the second is a request. Further, the relational element indicates that the person who uttered the first statement has power over the other person, while the person who uttered the question is equal to or has less status than the person to who the question is directed. Communication theory also looks at the dimensions of relationships: trust, intimacy, and power. Trust is the degree to which we feel safe in disclosing personal information to the other person. We might feel safe disclosing personal information to our best friend, romantic partner, or doctor, but not so safe revealing that information to a casual acquaintance or a stranger. Intimacy refers to the degree to which we can be ourselves in front of the other person and still feel like we will be accepted by the other person – no matter what. Power refers to the ability we have to get the other person to do what we want them to do (e.g., If you are a parent, you may hold the power in the parent-child relationship, but your boss may hold the power over you at work). There are many different categories within the larger area of communication theory.
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This note was uploaded on 05/09/2011 for the course CMST 1061 taught by Professor Hebert during the Spring '08 term at LSU.

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