Analysis of the Uncertainty Reduction Theory on Interpersonal Communication

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Analysis of the Uncertainty Reduction theory on interpersonal communication

Through this paper I will conduct an analysis of the uncertainty reduction theory and will then apply it to my own experience here in Colorado university.
This theory has been subject to many articles and studies in the communication and social departments. Indeed, studying this theory can help us understanding human relations in interpersonal communication. Each of us has been one day confronted to uncertainty, whereas in initial encounters, or moving to a new a new place, or beginning a new work.
This theory is particularly important for me as I experienced high uncertainty when I first arrived here in Colorado. When everything and everybody is unknown for
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Curiosity can be a real good motivator and if we can not predict the behavior of this person, we will seek information in order to predict future behavior.

ü Anticipation: Basically, if you don´t think that you will be somebody again in the future , your motivation to reduce uncertainty will decrease. You will have the impression to habe done all these efforts for nothing.

As we can see, the theory of uncertainty reduction exlain us why we behave like we do in our relation with others. But the theory of Berger has been subject to many studies. For example
, for Sunnafrank developed in his predicted outcome value theory that what motivates you to seek for further information is the expected positive benefices you think to obtain. According to this theory when, output value are seem to be positive for oneself, our motivation to seek information increases. But in the contrary, if we expect negative outcome, we will decrease our motivation and in the worst cass stop looking for information.in others words if somebody feels that a person can be rewarding to him , he will look forward to get more information about him. His theory is similar to the high incentive value condition of Berger.

Some scholars have noticed some problems with this theory . Sometimes information can actually increase uncertainty rather than reduce it when the information is unexpected. Sometimes you learn some information about a person that deceive you and make you seem them different. After that