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Chapter Seven

Intro Comm - Chapter 7

TermDefinition
need to belong theory a psychological theory proposing a fundamental human inclination to bond with others
attraction theory a theory that explains why individuals are drawn to others
interpersonal attraction the force that draws people together
physical attraction attraction to someone's appearance
social attraction attraction to someone's personality
task attraction attraction to someone's abilities or dependability
proximity closeness, as in how close together people live or work
complementarity the beneficial provision by another person of a quality that one lacks
uncertainty reduction theory theory suggesting that people find uncertainty to be unpleasant, so they are motivated to reduce their uncertainty by getting to know others
social exchange theory theory suggesting that people seek to maintain relationships in which their benefits outweigh their costs
comparison level a realistic expectation of what one wants and thinks one deserves from a relationship
comparison level for alternatives an assessment of how much better or worse one's current relationship is than one's other options
over-benefited a state in which one's relational benefits outweigh one's costs
under-benefited a state in which one's relational costs outweigh one's benefits
equity theory theory that a good relationship is one in which a person's ratio of costs and benefits is equal to his or her partner's
relational maintenance theory theory specifying the primary behaviors people use to maintain their relationships
self-disclosure act of intentionally giving others information about oneself that one believes is true but thinks others don't already have
social penetration theory theory suggesting that the depth and breadth of self-disclosure help us learn about a person we're getting to know
breadth the range of topics we self-disclose to various people
depth the degree of intimacy of our self-disclosures
norm of reciprocity the social expectation that favors should be reciprocated
peer a person similar to us in status or power
Created by: moogoogaiboo