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Unformatted text preview: Exam 2 Study Guide Chapter 10-Characteristics:-Psychological data: In impersonal relationships people respond to each other as members of the class or group to which they belong. Ex: You respond to a particular college professor as you respond to college professors in general. As your relationship becomes more personal, you will respond to the professor not as a member of the professor group, but as a unique individual. -Explanatory knowledge: In impersonal relationships you can do little more than describe a person or a persons way of communicating. As you get to know them better, you can predict their behavior. When you get to know them even better, youll become able to explain the behavior. Ex: A college professor may be able to describe your lateness; perhaps they can also predict that youll be five minutes late to class each Friday. In an interpersonal situation, the professor can go beyond these levels and explain why you are late. -Rules: The rules of interaction are set by social norms for impersonal relationships. Students and professors behave toward one another, according to the social norms established by culture and society. As this relationship becomes interpersonal, the social rules no longer totally regulate the interaction. The student and professor begin to establish rules of their own, largely because they begin to see each other as unique individuals, rather than members of the social categories os student and teacher. Stages of relationships:-Contact: there is some kind of perceptual contact you see, hear, read a message from or perhaps smell the person. -From this you form a mental and physical picture gender, approximate age, beliefs and values, height, etc.-After the perceptions are formed, there is usually interactional contact superficial and relatively impersonal. At this stage, you exchange basic information, Hi, my name is Joe. From this point, you initiate interaction and invite yourself into communication. -Research believes that its at this stage where you decide whether or not to pursue the relationship further.-Involvement: a sense of mutuality, of being connected develops experiment and try to learn more about the other person. -You ask questions: where do you work? What are you majoring in? -You may intensify the interaction by beginning to reveal yourself. -If you see it as a dating relationship: you may give gifts, increase your own personal attractiveness, do things that suggest intensifying the relationship such as flirting, and become more sexually intimate.-You try to see how your partner feels about the relationship by using the following strategies:-Directness: ask your partner directly how they feel.-Indirect suggestion: joke about a shared future together, touch more intimately, or hint that youre serious about the relationship....
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