Coming Together: Model of Interaction Stages

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Chapter 2

Initiating

communicators typically, try to display themselves as likable in this stage; they are trying to decide if the other person is attractive (overall) here

Experimenting

small talk is typical here and there are many functions of small talk; individuals are seeking more info. about the other person

Intensifying

the amount of personal disclosure increases; partners tell some secrets and they start talking about "we" instead of "I"; when 6 things happening verbally

Integrating

partners clearly fuse into a couple and engage in a process called coupling;
-they may start to dress, talk, and even look and sound alike

Bonding

a public ritual occurs that announces to the world that a commitment has been formally contracted

coupling

(integrating) lives together, becoming a unit that shares everything

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