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Coming Together: Model of Interaction Stages

Chapter 2
STUDY
PLAY
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