Relationship Development And The Predictable Course Relationships Essay

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Relationships, whether romantic or platonic, seem like an unpredictable area of life, but are they really? According to communication scholar Mark Knapp, this simply isn’t the case. In fact, Knapp created ten stages of relationship development to model the predictable course relationships take. To illustrate Knapp’s model, and other interpersonal communication concepts, the movie When Harry Met Sally is a perfect example. We will explore just how When Harry Met Sally clearly depicts all ten stages, along with many other concepts. This paper will start with initiation, then move through experimenting, intensifying, integrating, bonding, differentiating, circumscribing, stagnating, avoiding, and end at terminating, while exploring other concepts within these stages The first component of Knapp’s Model, initiating, and reasons why people tend to initiate relationships, can be seen in several instances in the development of Harry and Sally’s relationship. Initiation occurs in the very first scene, when Harry and Sally are introduced to one another. Again, it occurs when they happen to be on the same airplane five years later. And yet again, a few years late still, when they run into eachother at a bookstore. Among others, these three scenes depict Knapp’s initiation stage, where two people meet and interact for the first time, or again if the relationship had ended. These interactions between Harry and Sally also illustrate how important the power of proximity is for forming
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