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181 final essay - Bobby Krivitsky CRS 181 Kenneth Johnson...

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Bobby Krivitsky CRS 181 Kenneth Johnson Civility According to P.M. Forni, civility stems from empathy and the ability to sympathize with others. When defining civility and what it takes to be civil Forni writes, “In order to be fully human, we must be able to imagine others’ hurt and to relate it to the hurt we would experience if we were in their place.” (Forni 7). There is a fundamental need for humans to be able to empathize with others and it is essential for human survival that we have the ability to understand what one is going through and to sympathize with their situation. Sometimes, Forni will have the participants in his workshop write down what civility means to them, typically the words people associate with civility are a respect for others, care, consideration, and courtesy. What Forni was able to gather from this is that there is a general belief that civility is good, civility is complex. According to these results civility belongs in the realm of ethics and is related to courtesy, politeness, and manners. To be civil means to be constantly aware of others and to take an active interest of not just the community but a concern for the health of the planet as well. In addition to this, Forni writes, “Civility’s defining characteristic is its ties to city and society.” (Forni 12). This refers to the fact that living in the city is supposed to have a civilizing effect on its members. The city is where people develop a sense of intellect as well as refine their social skills. Basically, civility boils down to one’s level of awareness and their ability to recognize when others are hurt and empathize with their situation.
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Judy Burgoon is the individual responsible for coming up with the expectancy violations theory. The expectancy violations theory or EVT as it is commonly referred to was developed as a model for studying unexpected violations in nonverbal communication. Nonverbal communication can be defined as all communication actions and events that transcend the spoken and written word. (Knapp and Vangelisti). Areas of
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This note was uploaded on 01/30/2012 for the course CRS 181 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Syracuse.

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