Social Penetration Theory

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Social Penetration Theory Onion Model Structure of a personality is like structure of an onion – lots of layers Start on the outside layer and work your way to the center Talk about peripheral items when you first meet someone Name, age, hometown, major Fits that stage of the relationship Some relationships stop after the 1 st layer Never see them again Don’t have anything in common Follow scripts, rules, norms Relationships are systematic Hobbies/interests Share about family Career Core/central layers We interact with few people at this deepest layer Fears/vulnerabilities Personal conflicts Deep values and beliefs Religious/political beliefs
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Sexuality People are talking about this more though Are people becoming more comfortable talking about personal matters? Dyadic Encounter exercise Reciprocity – guided by how each partner is communicating Keep eye contact
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