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Interactional View

Comm Theory - Interactional View

TermDefinition
Family System A self-regulating, interdependent network of feedback loops guided by members' rules; the behavior of each person affects and is affected by the behavior of another.
Games Sequences of behavior governed by rules.
Family Homeostasis The tacit collusion of family members to maintain the status quo.
Symptom Strategy Ascribing our silence to something beyond our control that renders communication justifiably impossible - sleepiness, headache, drunkenness, etc.
Content The report part of a message; what is said verbally.
Relationship The command part of the message; how it's said nonverbally.
Metacommunication Communication about communication.
Punctuate Interpreting an ongoing sequence of events by labeling one event as the cause and the following event as the response.
Symmetrical Interchange Interaction based on equal power.
Complementary Interchange Interaction based on accepted differences of power.
One-up Communication A conversational move to gain control of the exchange; attempted domination.
One-down Communication A conversational move to yield control of the exchange; attempted submission.
One-across Communication A conversational move to neutralize or level control within the exchange; when just one party uses it, the interchange is labeled transitory.
Enabler Within addiction culture, a person whose nonassertive behavior allows others to continue in their substance abuse.
Double Bind A person trapped under mutually exclusive expectations; specifically the powerful party in a complementary relationship insists that the low-power party act as if it were symmetrical.
Reframing The process of instituting change by stepping outside of a situation and reinterpreting what it means.
Addiction Model Assumes alcoholism and other addictions are diseases to be cured rather than character disorders to be condemned.
Whole-message Model Regards verbal and nonverbal components of a message as completely integrated and often interchangeable.
Equifinality A systems-theory assumption that a given outcome could have occurred due to any or many interconnected factors rather than being a result in a cause-effect relationship.
Created by: moogoogaiboo