Interpersonal Communication 1500 - Test 1
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Social penetration theory
The theory describes understanding people is similar to peeling an onion as people share different information about themselves at different layers. Each layer of an individual reveals different characteristics.
Interpersonal process model of intimacy
The closeness we feel towards others is created by self-disclosure and responsiveness to the disclosure.
Self-esteem comes from the difference in one's ideal self and ought self, person others and you expect to be.
Fundamental attribution error
Attributing others' behaviors based on internal attributes.
Blaming external attributions for our own behavior.
The tendency to attribute one's own success to internal attributes.
Uncertainty reduction theory
The desire to uncover information about individuals in unfamiliar communication situations whether through passive or active means.
Tendency for first impressions to be more positive than negative.
Tendency to place emphasis on the negative information we learn about others.
Because you have a positive gestalt of someone, you have the tendency to interpret anything another says or does in a favorable light.
Because you have a negative gestalt of someone, you tend to interpret anything another says or does in a negative light.
Impressions of others that change as we add and subtract positive or negative information that we learn about someone.
Process through which people use messages to create meaning within and across contexts, cultures, channels, and media.
Linear Communication Model
Info flows in 1 direction. This model features: sender, message, channel, and receiver.
Interactive Communication Model
Expands on linear model with feedback and fields of experience.
Transactional Communication Model
Views communication as multidirectional as each person has equal influence over one another.
is dynamic, transactional, dyadic, and creates impact.
Conveys content, relationship info, or meta-communication
Can be intentional or unintentional
Offering the same attention to others that we provide to ourselves.
Regard others as objects
Interpersonal communication competence
Communicating effectively, ethically, and appropriately.
Appropriate: Matching situational, cultural, and relational normal.
Ethics: Moral principles that guide our behaviors
Effective: Ability to accomplish goals
Ethics of interpersonal communication
3 parts: self-esteem, self-concept, self-awareness.
Ability to view yourself objectively as a unique person and reflect on your thoughts and behaviors.
Your overall perception of who you are based on beliefs, attitudes, and values.
The positive or negative value we assign ourselves.
Observing and assigning meaning to others' behaviors and then comparing their behaviors to ours.
We define our self-concepts based on how others see us.
Sources of Self
Gender: Learned social, cultural, psychological attributes as M or F
Family Communication Culture: Established set of beliefs, attitudes, and values
Degree to which a person fears rejection
Degree to which a person desires close interpersonal ties
Four Attachment Styles
The self we allow others to see and know
The public self designed to strategically veil your private self.
Feeling of closeness and union that exists between us and our relationship partners.
Revealing private information about yourself
Process of selecting, organizing, and interpreting information.
Focusing attention on certain sights, smells, touches, tastes.
Degree to which people or aspects of their communication attract our attention.
Structuring information into a coherent pattern
Structuring information into a chronological pattern.
Assign meaning to info one has selected.
Mental structures that contain information defining the characteristics of various concepts.
Rationales we create to explain people's behaviors.
Observe how others interact with others to learn about someone.
Asking other people questions about someone you're interested in
Asking directly the person one is interested in.
People that are considered fundamentally similar to yourself
People that are considered different from yourself
An individual's characteristics way of thinking, feeling, and acting, which is represented by the acronym OCEAN.
Implicit personality theories
Personal beliefs about different types of personalities and the ways in which traits cluster.
Mental pictures of who people are and how we feel about them.
General sense of a person that's either positive or negative.
Over simplistic interpersonal impressions.
Perspective-taking: Ability to see things from someone else's view.
Empathic concern: Becoming aware of how the other person is feeling
5 step process of checking your punctuation, knowledge, attributions, perceptual influences, and impressions.
Spread of emotions rapidly from person to person.
Short term emotional reactions to events that generate limited arousal.
Low intensity states that are not caused by particular events and last longer than emotions or feelings.
Unique and consistent behavioral displays. The six are surprise, joy, disgust, anger, fear, and sadness.
Combination of primary emotions
Ability to interpret emotions accurately, manage emotions, communicate them well, and solve relationship problems.
Attempts to influence which emotions you have, when you have them, and how you experience and express them.
Inhibiting thoughts, arousal, and outward behavioral displays of emotions.
Allowing emotions to dominate your thoughts and explosively expressing them.
Staying away from people, places, activities that will provoke unwanted emotions.
Intentionally avoiding specific topics you know will provoke unwanted emotions during encounters with others.
Devoting your attention only to aspects of an event or encounter that will not provoke an undesired emotion.
Systematically desensitizing yourself to emotional experience to prevent unwanted emotions.
Actively changing how you think about the meaning of emotional situations
Near constant state of arousal and negative thinking
Openly expressing emotions allows one to purge them
A strategy to handle anger by counting to ten.