The Issue Of Expectancy Violation Theory Essay

1603 Words Dec 1st, 2016 7 Pages
"Difficult to see. Always in motion, is the future"— Yoda This quote, by Master Yoda, exhibits the futility of man 's desire to plan his own destiny, no matter how problematic this concept is. Humankind is a tomorrow-centered species, and seek to know what is coming next. Expectancy Violation Theory plays right into the need to predict what each communication event holds in store. It states that one has preconceived notions of how social interactions should go and when someone violates those predictions one must evaluate how that makes them feel. The reaction that occurs gets assigned a violation valence, whether the encounter was positive or negative, and it is often dependent on the reward value, or what one might lose or gain in each interaction. If one likes the violation, then the reaction is positive. However, if one is left uncomfortable by the violation, then the reaction therefore is negative (Griffin, 2009, pp 90-92). This is a useful theory because it can be applied easily to everyday conversations because it does assume that there are universal social norms, but it also is a downfall to this theory because people have varied expectations.
Literature Review
Expectancy Violations Theory (EVT), proposed by Judee Burgoon, is an extension of Ed Hall’s Proxemics which deals with the concept of personal space, and how one’s culture defines appropriate personal proximity (Griffin, 2009, p 92). Burgoon used this base to attempt to predict what will happen when major…

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