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Ch. 8 Relationships and Culture

Frontstage what backstage our private self involves

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Unformatted text preview: FRONTSTAGE what BACKSTAGE – our private self – involves BACKSTAGE those we are intimate with, they see this part of the self. THE FRAME THE All interpersonal All communication takes place in a context, environment, or set of circumstances that helps one understand how to process, or work through, an instance of communication. communication. The frame governs the nature of the communication RITUALS RITUALS Rituals are repeated Rituals actions that are not individual but instead are repeated within a pattern that guide your life in everyday and overlooked ways. and Help us to know how Help to engage each other in communication. in Rituals rely on predictability Rituals Rituals, like framing, govern much of our Rituals, communication as well. communication “Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my coffee.” “No soup for you.” “I’m not going to ask you again – clean up I’m your room. You know you’re supposed to do this everyday.” do RELATIONAL DIALECTICS DIALECTICS A theory that shows us how are theory relational lives are always in flux and always subject to contradictory impulses. impulses. Dialectic means tensions between two opposing forces. two Baxter and Montgomery identified three Baxter primary dialectics in relationships. primary 1. People want to be connected, but want People to retain individuality. to 2. Partners want predictability, but also Partners crave spontaneity. crave 3. Sharing intimate details about yourself v. Sharing keeping private other details about yourself. How much do you disclose? yourself. The I - IT and I -THOU The Martin Buber’s theory that Martin meaningful communica...
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