11-6-08 - November 6, 2008 I. Relationships A. What is...

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November 6, 2008 I. Relationships A. What is relationship? 1. In the most basic sense, a relationship is formed whenever reciprocal message processing occurs a) i.e., when 2 individuals mutually take account of and adjust to one another’s verbal or nonverbal behavior II. Types of Relationships A. Dyadic Relationships 1. Dyads: 2-person units 2. E.g., roommates, best friends, spouses, co-workers B. Task and Social Relationships 1. Many relationships developed for the purpose of coordinated action – e.g., completion of a task or project 2. Task Relationships – colleagues, doctor/patient, teacher/student 3. Social Relationships – meeting a new acquaintance, having coffee with a friend, chatting periodically with a co-worker C. Short and Long Term Relationships 1. Long term Relationships – members of our immediate family, relatives, intimates, friends (more effort, more involvement) 2. Transitory Relationships – wave and hello to familiar face in the neighborhood, exchange of pleasantries with clerk in a store 3. Casual and Intimate Relationships a) Relationships can be characterized by “depth” of level of intimacy. b) At one extreme are relationships between acquaintances. c) At another extreme are relationships between intimates. d) In between these 2 extremes are casual relationships between friends and colleagues. D. E. Dating, Love, and Marital Relationships E. Family Relationships III. Communication and Relationships A. Interpersonal communication can be defined contextually
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