CH12+Relational+Dialectics+DQs - Uncertainty Reduction...

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G201: Comm Theory – Discussion Questions ( continued on reverse ) RELATIONAL DIALECTICS (Baxter & Montgomery) 1. In your own words, summarize the key assumption “relational dialectics” makes about our relationships. 2. Think of a relational example (friends, family, co-workers) that illustrates the following dialectical tensions. a. Integration – Separation b. Stability – Change c. Expression - Nonexpression 3. Which of these conflicting pulls (dialectical tensions) above place the most strain on your closest personal relationship? Explain. 4. How does Relational Dialectics challenge and extend Social Penetration Theory (Altman & Taylor)? …
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Unformatted text preview: Uncertainty Reduction Theory (Berger)? G201: Comm Theory – Discussion Questions EXTENDING and COMPARING THEORY – Dialogue in relationships 5. How do Baxter’s ideas about the “centrality of dialogue in social life” and relationships compare to Mead (Symbolic Interactionism)? … Pearce and Cronen (Coordinated Management of Meaning – CMM)? 6. Which of the theories we’ve already discussed might Baxter and Montgomery consider to be overly simplistic and anti-dialectical? Why?...
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