Expectancy Violations Theory 1:25:13

These come from our previous experience or what

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These come from our previous experience or what society has set us up to believe o Context Where you are dictates what you do Elevator: do not talk to people you do not know Bar: you do talk to people o Relationship between interactants must be considered If you know them personally, professionally, etc. you act based on those roles o Communicator characteristics Age, sex, physical appearance, place of birth, personality, comm style, etc. Some of these they can control, others they cannot Has nothing to do with the relationship but instead their traits Violation Valence o Positive (smile + eye contact) or negative (narrow eyes + eye contact + furrowed brow + no smile) value is placed on an expectancy violation. Some violations are ambiguous (e.g. eye contact with no other cues)
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How we judge the violation Some people have a bigger tolerance for expectations being violated verses others Obvious vs. ambiguous Ambiguous causes us to look at the communicator to determine if it was positive or negative Ex: hand brush from someone who was attractive verses someone who is gross. Hand brush was ambiguous on its own, but with each person it can be positive or negative Communicator reward valance o (+): status, ability, good looks, acceptance, liking, appreciation, trust o (-): disinterest, disapproval, distrust, rejection o Ambiguous violations? --> turn to violator Based on their hierarchy compared to us we might ignore it or act upon it in a certain way Practical advice o People who are unrewarding --> don't violate expectations o People who are, indeed, rewarding --> violate expectations Job interview going well and you know they want to hire you, you can do something out of the ordinary (like pick up picture on desk and comment on how cute kids are) Critique o It meets 5 out of the 6 criteria for WVI Lacks prediction Hit or miss
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