Understanding Interpersonal Communication ( (Evaluating Relationship…
QUESTION THREE: An idea that made me want to find out more was the question, "Can Men and Women Be Just Friends?" In this study it was found that women say yes more than men, most likely due to different communication styles.
QUESTION ONE: Something in the reading that surprised me was the stages of romantic relationships. I found it interesting the different steps there are to starting and ending something romantic.
QUESTION TWO: One thing that bothered me was was reading about altruistic lies and how they are seen by the people who tell them as harmless. Where I think a lie is a lie and never really harmless.
Social Exchange Theory: "The idea that we seek out people who can give us rewards that are greater than or equal to the cost we encounter in dealing with them," page 187.
Interpersonal Communication: "Two-way interaction between people who are part of a close and irreplaceable relationship in which they treat each other as unique individuals," page 183.
-Acts of Service
Relationship Reality Check:
-First impressions can mislead
-Our priorities change
-Perfection can be a turn-off
-It's not all about communication, but it's a lot about communication
"By definition, romantic intimacy requires that we express ourselves personally through physical contact, shared experiences, intellectual sharing, and emotional disclosures," page. 192.
Evaluating Relationship Potential:
-The person is physically attractive
-We have a lot in common
-We balance each other out
The person likes me and appreciates me
-I admire the person's abilities
-The person opens up to me
-I see the person frequently
-The relationship is rewarding
Intimacy: "A stat of closeness between two (or sometimes more) people. Intimacy can be manifested in several ways; physically intellectually, emotionally, and via shared activities," page 193.