7-11-11 - 7/11/11 Relationships General Overview - The...

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7/11/11 Relationships – General Overview - The nature of a relationship is defined by the cmn b/w its members - Relationships & cmn b/w people have an interactional effect - Relationships are usu. defined implicitly, NOT explicitly 2 types of msgs 1. Content message a. What is said (explicit) b. The actual message is the content message 2. Relational message a. How it is said (implicit) b. The meta-message Dimensions of the relational msg 1. Arousal/composure/*formality 2. Intimacy a. Emotional closeness 3. Immediacy a. Liking or interpersonal attraction 4. Submission/dominance a. Power dynamics Attribution theory - Fritz Heider - When someone we know behaves in an unexpected way, or when we ourselves behave in an unexpected way, we actively seek to answer the question: “why?” - Person x situation = behavior o A combo of an individual’s traits/personality AND the situation that determines how we behave o To understand someone’s (or our own) behavior we need to consider both the person and the situation - When we try to attribute the cause to our OWN behavior, we tend to bias the explanation to the situation - When we try to attribute the cause to OTHER’S behaviors, we bias the explanation to the person - Known as the FUNDAMENTAL ATTRIBUTION THEORY - Bias ourselves favorably and bias others negatively - Related to conflict management
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