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CMST 1A03 Lecture Notes - Chartered Institute Of Public Relations, Interpersonal Communication


Department
Communication Studies
Course Code
CMST 1A03
Professor
Alexandre Sevigny

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Lecture 15
CMST 1a03: Introduction to Communication
Alex Sévigny, PhD, APR, MCIPR (Winter Term, 2013)
UHC Chapter 6:
Understanding Interpersonal Relationships
What makes communication interpersonal?
Interpersonal communication and the internet
Rely less on face-to-face networks
Loneliness and depression increase with online communication
Closeness can be developed online
Spending time with family and friends is still a #1 priority
Content and relational messages
Content messages
Relational messages
o Affinity
o Respect
o Immediacy
o Control
o Metacommunication

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Dimensions of intimacy in interpersonal relationships
Physical
Intellectual
Emotional
Male and female intimacy styles
Cultural influences on intimacy
Relational development and maintenance
Developmental model
o Initiating
o Experimenting
Start to push the limit/ there tastes
o Intensifying
You trust a person and start to disclose the
relationship
o Integrating
Find the same things funny, offensive
o Bonding
Formalize relationship and announce it
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o Differentiating
Constantly cycle between differentiate and bonding
o Circumscribing
Make boxes in your life, death of relationship
o Stagnating
Start to live in 2 separate worlds
o Avoiding
o Terminating
A dialectical perspective
Dialectical model
o Connection vs autonomy
o Predictability vs novelty
When predictability goes down, so does trust
Have to plan novelty in a relationship
o Openness vs privacy
Dialectical tensions exist when two opposing or incompatible
forces exist simultaneously
Strategies for managing dialectical tensions
o Denial
o Disorientation
o Selection
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