Summary Of Close Encounters: Communication In Relationships

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Introduction In class on October 24, the topics are on Relationship initiation, relational turning points, and dialectics. Relationship initiation is how you start a relationship with someone. Relational turning points are about how you change an outcome of a relationship by either becoming close with one another or by ending the relationship. Relational dialectics are about how forming relationships and maintaining them are based on which stage you are in.
Description of Readings and Lectures Chapter 5 in the book Close Encounters: Communication in Relationships by (Guerrero, Andersen, & Afifi, 2014, pp 105-129) is on how relationships are formed and created, by relationship initiation, relational turning points, and dialectics.
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Relational dialectics theory is about how communications in relationships deal with tensions. The dialectics are integration which deals with how the relationship is based internally on connection and autonomy, while externally it deals with inclusion and seclusion tension, and the dialectic of certainty deals with information being either predictable or new which is internal, and for external, it deals with relationship being either conventionality or unique. Other dialectics are based on an expression which internally is about openness and closeness and externally is about revealing information or concealing it. Dialectical perspectives are also about dealing with tensions that occur in a relationship, which reframing which is about talking about the problems more nicely and finding solutions to it.Other dialectical perspectives in dealing with issues are, selection deals with preferring one side of the tension over the other, separation deals with talking about different sides of the tension, and neutralization is about avoiding speaking about the tension overall. Dialectical tensions in friendships are similar to the regular dialectical tensions, which are independent and dependent, expressive and protective. Dialectic tensions that are different from the friendship dialectic tension are judgment and acceptance which is about choosing and accepting your friends for who they are and …show more content…
They found out that freshmen students who communicate, respond, be involved in group chats, and self-disclose more on social media can make and maintain friends on social networking sites. The article Making Friends in Cyberspace by (Wolfe., Parks, & Floyd 2016), talks about research being done on how are people making friends and maintaining relationships on the internet. They did survey method research twice with twenty-four males and females in the age range from thirteen years old through fifty-seven years old in the newsgroups and found out that people who communicated frequently and in-depth through social media tend to develop and maintain personal relationships

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