Hikrokawa and Gouran were two experts on group communication. They figured out the most effective ways that groups communicate and the most practical solutions to everyday group communication, whether in a business environment or a personal relationship. At its core, Functional Perspective on Group Decision Making shows off the "wisdom of joint interaction" (Griffin, 250). Working together as a whole can make any group stronger.
[...] Others, who are closer, may know a bit about us, but a rare few may, just may, get to know our inner selves or our buried self. Original premises The original premises of the Social Penetration Theory are the different layers of the onion and how they apply to our relationships with others. The outer layer is our biographical data. The second layer is our preferences in life. The third layer is our goals and aspirations. The fourth layer is our religious convictions (which should be the first as a Christian, but that's for another day!). [...]
[...] Moving on from the way a group penetrates their own communication practices, we will take a look why relationships grown and die in the personal and business cycle and why it exists and whether the Social Penetration Theory is a good theory or a bad one. Introduction to the Social Penetration Theory Why do some relationships grown while others wilt away and die? What makes a relationship with your girlfriend take off while your relationships with your ex-girlfriends fade away? [...]
[...] The Social Penetration Theory basically shows relationships to be like an onion, where there are different levels, from the superficial to the deep, trust bound inner self levels. To put it most simply, we only let those who really know us (and sometimes we don't even let them) get close to our inner self. Let's look at some of the premises of the theory. Theoretical propositions There are four basic ‘original' propositions of this theory. “Peripheral items are exchanged more frequently and sooner than private information” (Griffin, 121). [...]
[...] The fifth layer is our fears and fantasies. The sixth layer is our true, inner self. The premises deduct that as time progresses in our relationships; we will slowly peel back the layers, giving those closest to us a better look at whom we truly are. Stages of relational development There are two main types of relational development, both explained further below: Gauging Relational Satisfaction: This first level is the trickier of the two because we actually have to decide whether we will be satisfied or dissatisfied with the results of telling someone, disclosing, something personally close to us. [...]
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