Social Pentration - Chapter 9 Social Pentration(Objective...

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Chapter 9: Social Pentration (Objective) Social penetration – process of developing deeper intimacy with another person through mutual self-disclosure and other forms of vulnerability Personality structure – onion-layers of beliefs and feelings about self, others, and the world; deeper layers are more vulnerable, protected and central to self-image Outer – what everyone sees; surface Middle – semiprivate attitudes Inner core – values, self-concept, private domain Layers become tougher and more tightly wrapped as it nears the center Self-disclosure – voluntary sharing of personal history, preferences, attitudes, feelings, values, secrets etc. with another person, transparency Depth of penetration – degree of disclosure in a specific area of an individual’s life i. Peripheral items are exchanged more frequently and sooner than private information ii. Self-disclosure is reciprocal, especially in the early stages of r/s development - Law of reciprocity – a paced and orderly process in which openness in the
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