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COM 1000
Karisa Workman

Interpersonal Communication (Ch 6) • Interpersonal relationships are associations between 2+ people who are interdependent, consistently interacting, and have interacted for a while • Our three basic interpersonal needs o Need to be involved/included o Need for affection or hold feelings for another o Need for control over others, the environment, and ourselves • Complementary relationships have people who supply something that the other person lacks • Symmetrical relationships consist of people who mirror each other • Unhealthy relationship characteristics o Obsession o Codependency o Extreme communication qualities (self-disclosure, mutual influence, development of unique relationship) o Abuse  Leslie Morgan Steiner  16-24 year olds are 3x more likely to be in abusive relationships  500 abused women are killed each year in US  1 in 3 women is domestically abused/stalked in her lifetime  15 million children are abused each year in US  Abusers create physical, psychological, and financial traps • Stage 1 of abuse – seduce and charm • Stage 2 of abuse – isolate • Self-Disclosure – making intentional revelations about yourself that others don’t know; usually private, sensitive, or confidential information o Allows for greater understanding of ourselves  Johari Window o Increases as relationship develops o Disclosure is usually reciprocal o Don’t disclose negative info until relationship is established o Don’t disclose info that will cause you personal harm o It varies across cultures, be sensitive to differences o Relation satisfaction and disclosure are curvilinear • Friendships o People in collectivist cultures have fewer, more intimate friends o People in individualist cultures have more, less intimate friends o Friendships online are seen as less close and less supportive than face-to- face friendships o FWB – women want the friend, men want the benefits • Three stages in interpersonal relationship o Development  Relational development is the initial stage that moves a couple from meeting to mating o Maintenance  Relational maintenance is after a couple has bonded and they engage in keeping the relationship together  They are in motion and always changing  Static relationships = dead or dying  Dialectic – tension that exists between two conflicting forces/ideas • Integration vs. separation • Stability vs. change • Expression vs. privacy o Deterioration  Relation
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