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Unformatted text preview: Breadth Number of topics discussed in the relationship Depth Degree of intimacy guiding topic discussions 1. Orientation stage occurs at the public level People act in socially desirable ways, smile, and react politely People don’t evaluate or criticize in this stage 2. Exploratory affective exchange stage Casual acquaintances and friendly neighbors Use phrases that are idiosyncration to the relationships Spontaneity in communication More touch behavior More nonverbal expression of emotions 3. Affective exchange stage Interactions that are more “freewheeling and casual” Individuals say what they want without fear of it ending the relationship Represents further commitment to the other Personal idioms 4. Stable exchange Reached in few relationships Open expression of thoughts, feelings, behaviors Few misinterpretations in communication...
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- Spring '12
- Psychology, Interpersonal relationship, social penetration, Dissolution Communication, development Relational development, Social Penetration Theory Relationships