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Chapter 10 Social Penetration Theory COMM 200 Dr. Gibbs 2/22/10
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Overview of SPT Developed to understand the relational  closeness between two people Interpersonal relationships evolve gradually  and predictably Superficial relationships progress to intimate  relationships through self-disclosure Self-disclosure leads to more intimate  relationships and vulnerability
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Introduction Social penetration  is the process of  bonding that moves a relationship from  superficial to more intimate. Includes verbal, nonverbal, and  environmentally oriented behaviors
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Introduction Dimensions of intimacy: Physical  Intellectual Emotional Shared activities
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Assumptions of SPT Relationships progress from nonintimate  to intimate Relational development is generally  systematic and predictable Follows a  trajectory  = pathway to closeness
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Assumptions of SPT Relational development includes  depenetration and dissolution Relationships can experience  transgressions Self-disclosure is at the core of  relationship development Strategic (planned) disclosures Nonstrategic (spontaneous) disclosures
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The Onion Analogy Onion analogy represents various  aspects of an individual's personality Outer layer represents the  public image Central layers represent aspects of the self  revealed through self-disclosure Reciprocity  refers to the process whereby  one person’s openness leads to another’s  openness
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Comm 200 LN 0222_handout - Chapter 10 Social Penetration...

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