Communication Theories and Application Worksheet
Fill out the different cells with regard to each theory definition. You are to identify the theory the example represents, who developed the theory (theorist), explain the relevance of the theory, and then provide your own personal or professional application example of the theory.
Identify the Theory
Relevance of Theory
Application Example from your Personal or Professional Life Theory explains why as relationships develop, communication moves from less intimate levels to more intimate, more personal levels.
Social Penetration Theory
Altman and Taylor
Self-disclosure may lead to long-lasting relationship.
When meeting new individuals to initiate communication that may develop in a long-standing relationship, Upon meeting someone new to seek information but minimize the amount of personal information exchanged between the individuals. Gradual progression of information exchanged. Theory explains how people hold expectations about the nonverbal behaviors of others. Violations of these expectations may trigger a change in the perception of exchange either positively or negatively, depending on the relationship.
Expectancy Violations Theory
Communication norms are violated, nonverbal communication
The outcome is one that is not expected of the individual initiating the conversation. Some individuals initiate conversations to reveal guilt Theory explains the process that people use to manage the relationship between concealing and revealing private information.
Communication Privacy Management Theory
Managing the disclosure of private and public boundaries
Some communication between individuals may cause the delivery of personal information that may cause an negative outcome(s) Theory explains how people experience a limited effect from media. Individuals are thought to be actively seeking specific types of media to generate specific needs. However, some...
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