Uncertainty Reduction Theory Handout

Uncertainty Reduction Theory Handout - Psychological...

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Psychological Aspects of Communication Uncertainty Reduction Theory Handout Ken Drozd September 2010 I Main Point The main tenet of  Uncertainty Reduction Theory  is that when strangers meet, their  primary concern is one of  uncertainty reduction  or increasing predictability about the  behavior of both themselves and others in the interaction (Berger & Calabrese 1975;  Griffin 2009, Chapter 10). Strangers adopt  strategies  to reduce the uncertainty  surrounding the construction and use of messages. The theory proposes 8 axioms to  connect uncertainty with other variables of relationship development. These axioms are  combined to form 28 theorems of interpersonal communication. Together the axioms and  theorems specify the strategies people use to reduce uncertainty in interpersonal  communication situations. II
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