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Social Penetration

Comm Theory - Social Penetration Theory

TermDefinition
social penetration the process of developing deeper intimacy with another person through mutual self-disclosure and other forms of vulnerability
personality structure onion-like layers of beliefs and feelings about self, others, and the world; deeper layers are more vulnerable, protected, and central to self-image
self-disclosure the voluntary sharing of personal history, preferences, attitudes, feelings, values, secrets, etc. with another person; transparency
depth of penetration the degree of disclosure in a specific area of an individual's life
law of reciprocity a paced and orderly process in which openness in one person leads to openness in the other
breadth of penetration the range of areas in an individual's life over which disclosure takes place
social exchange relationship behavior and status regulated by both parties' evaluations of perceived rewards and costs of interaction with each other
outcome the perceived rewards minus the costs of interpersonal interaction
minimax principle of human behavior people seek to maximize their benefits and minimize their costs
comparison level (CL) the threshold above which an interpersonal outcome seems attractive; a standard for relational satisfaction.
comparison level of alternatives (CL-alt) the best outcome available in other relationships; a standard for relational stability
ethical egoism the belief that individuals should live their lives so as to maximize their own pleasure and minimize their own pain.
dialectical model the assumption that people want both privacy and intimacy in their social relationships; they experience a tension between disclosure and withdrawal
territoriality the tendency to claim a physical location or object as our own
Created by: moogoogaiboo