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Expectancy Violations TheoryEVT is a leading theory in identifying the influence of nonverbal communication onbehavior and is a theory that addresses how people responds to unexpectedcommunications.Four different proximic zonesIntimate(0.5meters) – includes behaviors that range from touch (making love) to beingable to observe behaviors that range from touch to being able to observe a person’s facialcharacteristics.Personal(1.2m) – holding another’s hand to keeping someone at arms length.Social(3.0m) – many conversations are in this proximic zones,Public– reserved for fairly formal discussions such as, in class discussions betweenteachers and students.130 * Space has relevance to EVT because the theory is rooted in proximics, but alsobecause it has direct application to the distances discusses.- proximic zones are important to consider when interpreting another’s behaviorEVT is rooted in these three assumptions that guide the theory- Expectations drive human interaction – people carry expectancies in their interactionswith others- expectancies for human behavior are learned – people learn their expectancies fromboth the culture at large and the individuals in that culture- people make predictions about nonverbal behavior – interpretations people make aboutnonverbal communication.These expectancies are a result of social norms, stereotypes, hearsay and idiosyncrasies.Violation Valence: communicators try to interpret the meaning of a violation and decidewhether they like it or not.Violations can be viewed as positiveWhen expectancies are violated, many people evaluate the violation on valance.Violation Valence – focuses on the deviation of an expectationCommunicator reward valence– people have the potential to either reward or punish inconversations and maintains that people bring both positive and negative characteristicsto an interaction.
CHAPTER 10 SOCIAL PENETRATION THEORYThe social penetration process necessarily includes verbal behaviors, non verbalbehaviors, and environmentally orientated behaviors.SPT- Relationships progress form nonintimate to intimaterelational communication between people begins at a rather superficial leveland moves along a continuum to a more intimate level- Relational development is generally systemation and predictablerelationships profess fairly systematically and predictably.- relationship development includes depenetration and dissolutionpertains to the notion that relational development includes depenetration – whenrelationships fall apart, and this depenetration can lead to a relationship dissolution.- Self disclosure is at the core of relational developmentself disclosure can be generally defined as the purposeful process of revealinginformation about yourself to others.
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Term
Spring
Professor
Strauman
Tags
Communications, Sociology, Nonverbal Communication, social penetration, Expectancy violations theory, Relational Development, proximic zones

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