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Comm 211 - Unit 3

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List the eight reasons that we form relationships? Appearance, similarity, complementary, reciprocal attraction, competence, disclosure, proximity, and rewards.
relational maintenance communication aimed at keeping relationships operating smoothly and satisfactorily
initiating a stage characterized by communication that is usually brief that generally follows conventional formulas
uncertainty reduction the process of getting to know others by gaining more information about them
experimenting an early stage consisting of a search for common ground
intensifying stage in which parties increase the amount of contact and the breadth and depth of self-disclosure
integration stage in which the parties begin to take on a single identity
bonding stage in which parties make symbolic public gestures to show that their relationship exists
differentiating a stage in which the parties re-establish their individual identities after having bonded together
circumscribing a stage in which partners begin to reduce the scope of their contact and commitment to one another
stagnating a stage characterized by declining enthusiasm and standardized forms of behavior
avoiding a stage in which the parties minimize contact with one another
terminating a stage characterized by the acknowledgment of one or both parties that the relationship is over
Dialectical tensions Conflicts that arise when two opposing or incompatible forces exist simultaneously
Connection-autonomy dialectic the tension between the need for integration and the need for independence in a relationship
Openness-privacy dialectic the tension between the need for disclosure and the need for privacy in a relationship
Predictability-novelty dialectic the tension between the need for stability and the need for novelty in a relationship
Denial Communicators respond to one end of the dialectical spectrum and ignore the other
Disorientation communicators feel so overwhelmed and helpless that they are unable to confront their problem.
Alternation communicators that use this choose one end of the dialectical spectrum at sometimes and the other end at other times
Segmentation partners who use this tactic compartmentalize different areas of their relationship
What are the five strategies that couples use to keep their interaction satisfying? Positivity, Openness, Assurance, Social Network, Sharing Tasks
Relational transgressions one partner’s violation of the explicit or implicit terms of the relationship, letting the other one down in some important way
What are some types of Relational Transgressions? Lack of Commitment, distance, disrespect, problematic emotions, and aggression
What is the difference between a minor and a significant relational transgression? minor relational transgressions can actually help the relationship such as a little distance or a little jealousy, but in large doses these transgressions can really damage relationships
What is the difference between a social and a relational relational transgression? a social relational transgression violates the rules of society while a relational one would violate the rules of those within a particular relationship
What is the difference between a deliberate and an unintentional relational transgression? a deliberate relational transgression is the act of actively say or do something to hurt the other person, while and unintentional relational transgression is more likely to be a slip of the tongue where you say something you were supposed to keep quiet.
What is the difference between a one-time and an incremental relational transgression? a one-time relational transgression is where the occurrence happens in a single episode, but an incremental relational transgression is something that happens repeatedly and over a longer period of time.
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