Expectancy Violation Theory Of Expectancy

1373 WordsApr 11, 20176 Pages
Many people have had the embarrassment of negatively violating someone’s expectations and having that make the relationship different from then on. Judee Burgoon originally developed the Expectancy Violation Theory in 1978; it began as a simple theory about personal space. Today, it analyzes how individuals respond to unanticipated violations of social norms or expectations. Violations of expectations can completely alter a relationship for better and even for worse. Understanding the past research done on expectancy violation theory can help people prepare for various social situations and understand past violations as well. This literature review evaluates the different measures and ideals of the expectancy violation theory found in past…show more content…
Learning more about disclosures and instructor/student relationships can greatly benefit many people who don’t have the best social skills with their superiors. Additionally, understanding this measure of expectancy violation can help instructors to better prepare for future social relationships with their students. The theory has furthermore been used to measure expectations during dates and the expectancy of the presence of cell phones (Miller & Kelly, 2015). Expectancy was analyzed and its violations were measured using focus groups that lasted about 45-60 min. Engaging in group discussions about relationships, Miller and Kelly (2015) recorded participants’ responses of what they expected on a date and what the presence of a cell phone meant to them. Using the responses form the participants, Miller and Kelly were able to get a more accurate measure of what is appropriate and inappropriate when going on a date and using one’s phone. Predictions & Ideals of Expectancy Violation Theory Just about every research article reviewed had its own predictions and ideals about expectancy violation theory. In one experiment, it was predicted that there was a link between teacher’s communication and misbehavior (Sidelinger & Bolen, 2015). In this study, there were three misbehavior categories used by the experimenters: irresponsibility, derisiveness (disruptive behavior), and apathy. Sidelinger and Bolen (2015) suspected a link between teacher’s
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