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Department
Communication
Course
COMM 1100
Professor
All Professors
Semester
Fall

Description
Social Interaction Ongoing use of language and gestures in  anticipation of how the other will react; a  conversation Minding Inner dialogue used to test alternatives; rehearse  actions and anticipate reactions before responding  self­talk Looking-glass self The mental self­image that results from taking the  role of the other Generalized other Composite mental image a person has of his or her  self based on societal expectations and responses Self-fulfilling prophecy Tendency for our expectations to evoke responses  that confirm what we originally anticipated Proxemics The study of people’s use of space as a special  elaboration of culture Threat threshold Hypothetical outer boundary of intimate space; a  breach by an uninvited other occasions fight or  flight Arousal A heightened state of awareness, orienting  response, or mental alertness that stimulates a  review of the relationship Violation valence Perceived positive or negative value assigned to a  breach of expectancy, regardless of who the  violator is Reciprocity Strong human tendency to respond to another’s  action with similar behavior Social penetration The process of developing deeper intimacy with  another person through mutual self­disclosure and  other forms of vulnerability Self-disclosure Voluntary sharing of personal history,  preferences, attitudes, feelings, values Depth of penetration Degree of disclosure in a specific area of an  individual’s life Law of reciprocity A paced and orderly process in which openness in  one person leads to openness of another Breadth of penetration The range of  areas in an individual’s life over  which disclosure takes place Outcome Perceived rewards minus the costs of  interpersonal interaction Comparison level The threshold above which an interpersonal  outcomes seems attractive; a standard for  relational satisfaction Comparison leve
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