Interpersonal Communication Stages

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After reading Chapter 1, I am curious as to whether two people can exist in different interpersonal communication stages regarding the same relationship?

Take, for example, two co-workers who have started interacting more often outside work. One has grown very comfortable in their new-found friendship, and has moved past their professional reservations. They are very open about their thoughts and feelings, and believe the other person to be in a similar place, they regard the relationship as an I-Thou relationship. However, the second individual still views the relationship as more professional and is not comfortable disclosing their true feelings, and they instead maintain the friendly veneer of the typical I-You relationship.

Can the

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