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NOTHING ON GROUP COMMUNICATION Relationships - Relationships as things we have - Relationships as things we do What are some of the ingredients in a new relationship? - Physical Attraction o What makes a person attractive? Beauty bias Matching norms Interaction appearance theory Through communication, you may become attracted to someone you wouldn’t have bee attracted to before - Chance - Com mon Ground o Som e similarities such as class Once attracted, then what? - Pickup Lines Stages of Relationship Developm ent - Initiation o Has to do with initial e ncounter, first impressions - Exploration o Should we continue with relationship? Will we b e rom antic or just friends? Trying to assess whether theres a future or not - Intensification o We continue as close friends or whatever, or g et closer or whatever
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- Formalization o Announce your relationship to the world, become formal, get engaged or married - Redefinition o At some time you may need to redefine your relationship. For example, you may leave college and then relationship may change. Miller and Steinberg’s Theory - As you know someone better, you go from knowing of a person as a member of a culture to more psychological traits Non-interpersonal knowledge Knowledge (sociological/culture) Communication in relationships changes - richness- you notice more stuff about the person such as what eyebrow twitches mean (narrow to broad) - efficiency- how difficult or easy it is to communicate (difficult to efficient) - uniqueness- you may have your own signals (conventional to unique) - substitutability- you can use glances, facial expression, or other stuff
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