The Purposes of a Theory
- Organize experiences
- Anticipate events
- Extend our knowledge
- Stimulate further research
- Objectivist view
- helps us get our hands around whats going on / how to understand by grouping and organizing.
- Can have holes / exceptions.
Pair of Lenses
- Interpretive view
- Calls our attention to certain things/ details.
- Change perception of the world.
- Downside: many focus on the wrong thing, bad to look at the world through only one.
- Mix of Both Objectivist and Interpretivist
- We need theory to guide us through unfamiliar territory.
- Communication is like an ever changing land. (Complicated)
Sapir Whorf Hypothesis
- Structure of a language shapes what people think and do.
- The social construction of reality.
Symbolic Interactionism (Mead)
- Socio- Cultural tradition
- Students complied notes to publish his work in a book titled "Mind Self and Society"
- Perceptions differ from student to student making the thoery "muddy".
Looking Glass Self
- Perception of yourself when considering the way that you think people think about you.
- How others see you or how you want them to see.
- Conscious effort of putting your best foot forward.
Interaction Adaption Theory (Burgoon)
- Extension and expansion of Expectancy Violation Theory
-How people adjust once an expectation has been violated.
-Socio-psycological tradition & Rhetorical tradition
- Deals with role category questionaire.
Role Category Questionaire
- Free response survey designed to measure the cognitive complexity of a persons interpersonal perception.
- Mental ability to distinguish subtle personality/ behavior differences among people.
- The main component of cognitive complexity
- The number of sperarte personality constructs used to portray the person in question.
Social Penetration Theory (Altman & Taylor)
- Socio-Psychological Tradtion
- Self-Disclosure and Closeness
- Bredth and Depth
How Self Disclosure is related to closeness
- The more you tell someone about yourself and the more they tell you about themself, the closer you are to them socially.
- Conversing with someone about a lot of subjects, but dont go into much depth about any of them.