Exam 2 Study Guide

Exam 2 Study Guide - Here is a study guide for the upcoming...

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Here is a study guide for the upcoming COMM 1000 Exam 2. Be aware that just because something does not appear below does not guarantee that it will not appear on the exam. However, if you study the following you should be pretty well prepared for the test. Be sure that you can answer the following, including definitions of the relevant terms. Don’t just memorize answers. Think of examples and try to relate course concepts to one another. 1. What are the factors that influence attraction and liking? Proximity Physical attractiveness Similarities or opposites Matching hypothesis Liking Repeat exposure Self-esteem Anxiety Isolation 2. What are some of the reasons people enter into relationships? Affection Control Predictability Support Companionship 3. What is the matching hypothesis? People are not attracted to most attractive people, but rather those who match our perceptions of ourselves. 4. What is social penetration theory? (The onion theory) What are the stages in social penetration theory? Relationships develop almost solely through self disclosure. AKA the onion theory. Layers are revealed in stages, starting with the visible self, leading to the core self. o Orientation o Exploratory exchange o Affective exchange o Stable exchange 5. What are the stages in Knapp’s theory of the life cycle of relationships? Staircase model – differences in communication at each stage o Initiating – display of self o Experimenting – small talk, audition o Intensifying – increasing in self disclosure “we” o Integrating – cultivating opinions as a couple, others treat you as a couple, romance, common property o Bonding – public ritual, formal binding, social and institutional support 6. What is a relational climate? What are the two types of relational climates? What are their messages characterized by? Emotional tone of relationship, determined by how people see themselves. o Confirming Climates – acknowledge the person, provide authentic response to other, focus on listening o Disconfirming Climate – impervious (ignoring), interrupting (break in), tangential (go off topic), impersonal (disengagement), disagreement focusing on person, rather than ideas.
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7. Be able to characterize communication that maintains relationships (as opposed to formation or dissolution). In the text! Disclosure Verbal/nonverbal expression of commitment and intimacy Constructive conflict Lying 8. What is the dialectical perspective? What are the assumptions of the dialectical perspective? Set of opposing or contradictory impulses that create tension between two people o Assumptions: Contradiction in social life Conflicts drive change and vitality There is a dialectical change 9. Be able to name and describe the 3 main types of relational dialectics.
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