Human Communication Theories

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Jenny Bee 12/10/2007 Comm. 300/Bowman In this paper, I will briefly describe, and compare and contrast two theories discussed in the book, A First Look at the Communication Theory by Em Griffin: Uncertainty Reduction Theory and the Expectancy Violations Theory. Furthermore, I will also include real-life situations that apply to these theories. Expectancy Violations Theory has its roots in Uncertainty Reduction research, therefore, there will be some similarities between these two theories. But before I compare the similarities, I will discuss the obvious differences. Uncertainty Reduction Theory (URT) is a theory developed by Charles Berger that is used to explain relational development between strangers and “how human…show more content…
We were all a little surprised as we expected he would be upset for having been invited over one minute then kicked out the next. But his behavior violated our expectations of him because he acted more positively than we were expecting. Afterwards, my roommates and I were all surprised at ourselves for reacting positively to him after he violated our expectations. This incident proves to me that Burgoon’s theory is valid and also fits in with Marc Sander’s study on “the role of positive and negative expectancy violations” (2001), in which he studies the various types of reactions produced after an expectancy violation. Now that I’ve discussed some obvious differences between the Uncertainty Reduction Theory and the Expectancy Violations Theory, I will discuss some similarities between the two. More than just being similar, these two theories can be tied together in that both theories require people to show behavioral norms when first getting to know each other. In an interaction between two people, if a violation of an expected behavior occurs, than this may cause arousal and uncertainty in the reciever. The reciever can then choose whether or not to continue the interaction or stop altogther because the violater has either made the reciever uncomfortable or the reciever has reacted negatively towards the violator and may not be interested in getting to know the violator. Earlier I described my personal experience with
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