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CMN101 Exam1Section4

CMN101 Exam1Section4 - 2 Self-disclosure is reciprocal 3...

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CMN101 Exam note Section 4: Social Penetration Theory [Onion-theory; SELF-Disclosure] It is a SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC theory. - Geared towards friendships and romantic relationships Big Picture: Relationships develop only if they proceed in a gradual and orderly fashion from superficial to intimate levels of exchange as a function of both immediate and forecast outcomes. Assumptions Relationships progress from nonintimate to intimate Relational development is generally systematic and predictable Relational development includes depenetration and dissolution Self-disclosure is at the core of relationship development 3 Types of Relationships: 1. Limited Depth 2. Breadth 3. Intimacy Observations 1. Peripheral items are exchanged MORE frequently and sooner than private information.
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Unformatted text preview: 2. Self-disclosure is reciprocal . 3. Penetration is rapid at the start but slows down quickly. 4. Depenetration is a gradual process of layer-by-layer withdrawal** 4 Stages of Penetration: [OEAS] 1. Orientation-Small talk, NO conflict, in BEST behavior 2. Exploratory Affective Exchange-Unique way of communicating, shared experience 3. Affective Exchange (friends)-More defined relationship-More conflict/disagreement 4. Stable Exchange-Open exchange-Free exchange of ideas-Inside jokes-Know many aspects of the person COST/REWARD RATIO = plays a BIG ROLE in Stage 1(orientation) Critiques: 1. Heuristic Value 2. Relationship development and dissolution is not linear 3. Too much emphasis on self-disclosure 4. Other motives?...
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  • Fall '08
  • FENG
  • Interpersonal relationship, Social penetration theory, Relational Development, social scientific theory, Exploratory Affective Exchange

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