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Interpersonal Comm

Define interpersonal communication an association between two or more ppl who are interdependent and who have interacted for some period of time
What is "role contamination"? treating you as the 'role', not the person
Axiom One: a transaction requires mutual engagement in a social situation
Axiom Two: in a transaction, there is a simultaneous assignment of roles so that each person can interpret the others' interaction
Axiom Three: every transaction possesses an implicit set of rules that govern it - 1) content 2) behavioral
Axiom Four: an interpersonal transaction occurs over a period of time (small or large)
what are the four stages of coming together? initiating, experiment, integrating, bonding
initiating shy, anxious, don't know the rules yet: meeting
experiement begin to discover things about person (attitudes, beliefs)
integrating to become "an item"
bonding making a public statement that you will be together for a long time (marriage)
what are the four stages of coming apart? differentiating, circumscribing, stagnating, terminating
differentiating: I, me instead of "we". more arguments and less energy directed towards finding commonality
circumscribing: Gothman's stages along with a slower rate, lesser amt. and shorter time of sharing info. predominance of 'safe topics' = gets BORING
stagnating 'xerox' relationship. same ol, same ol. not active, not moving forward, not looking for new ideas to have fun.
what does Haskins say? Variety is the spice of life!
terminating: ending the relationship
breadth: the scope of topics you can talk about
breadth frequency: topics that appear more often (ex: children)
depth: the degree of info. that you give (intimacy)
What does Schutz say are your 3 key interpersonal needs? inclusion, love, and control
empowerment: helping ppl get a sense of control over their life
self-disclosure: opening up
why do ppl not like to self-disclose? fear, risking credibility
Actual def. of self-disclosure: has the self as content, is intentional, is directed @ the other person, is honest, is revealing (depth), contains info. generally unavailable from other sources, gains much of its intimate nature from the context in which it's expressed
what are some tips for self-disclosure? 1) realize self-disclosure is a dialogue 2) should be clear and to the point 3) risks are involved 4) make the amount and type appropriate to the context
what are the 3 attributes of interpersonal attraction? physical appearance, level of competence, and attitudes
your soulmate will... most likely be someone similar to you!
Created by: kelseyrae



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