Expectancy Violation Theory (Paper Rough Draft)

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Expectancy Violation Theory
(Paper Rough Draft) Expectancy Violation Theory, or more commonly referred to as EVT, is the study of attempting to explain one’s reactions to unexpected behavior of their peers, and the various meanings that people attribute to the violation, or infringement, of their personal space. Judee Burgoon defines personal space as the invisible, variable volume of space surrounding an individual that defines that individual’s preferred distance from others. I will explain to you the communication phenomenon of EVT, theories, behaviors and context of EVT, as well as how to apply them.
Expectancy Violations theory was created by Judee Burgoon in 1978. Since that time, Burgoon and a number of her associates
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This area includes behaviors such as observing facial characteristics, embracing, touching, or whispering. In situations where this space is invaded, such as in an elevator, people usually don’t make eye contact with other, much rather stare at a wall or a ceiling to avoid the awkwardness, or the invasion of the intimate space.
----go more in detail here---- The second stage is the Personal distance, which is 18 inches to 4 feet, and is generally for good friends and family. This area can be described as close as holding someone’s hand, and out to arms reach of a person. Most relationships with friends or family are spent within this area. The farther point of the 4 foot area is usually for those engaged in an interpersonal conversation, but for less personal interactions.
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Next is the Social distance, or 4 to 10 feet. This area is considered to be the more of a formal relationship zone. The closer end of the spectrum is reserved for those in a casual social gathering. Within the 10 feet, you can still hold a conversation at a normal tone and voice level, but can have distance.
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Lastly is Public distance, which is 10 feet and beyond. The Public distance can be described as the public distance, giving you plenty of space between the message sender and receiver. In this distance, effective communicators adjust their nonverbal behavior to conform to the communicative rules of their
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