The Theory Of Interpersonal Communications

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Introduction One of the most dominant theories in the field of interpersonal communications is Uncertainty Reduction Theory. The Uncertainty Reduction Theory was created by Berger and Calabrese in 1975. It is a communication theory from the post-positivist tradition, it is the only communication theory that specifically considers the initial interaction between people prior to the actual communication. Have you ever been invited to participate in an activity and you did not know anyone there expect for one person? Or have you ever received a task but received little information on how to complete it? If you have then you did not know what was expected of you and therefore you were unable to predict what would happen. Because we must face…show more content…
Iowa State University stated that “the general principles underlying URT apply to most, if not all, human communication.” (2015, pp. 5-6). There may be some that have issues that the URT can apply to most, though it says if not all, but someone may feel like they may not apply the URT in their daily connections with others. Substantive Discussion Throughout this research there are not a lot of negativity about this theory. The theory has been criticized but all the critics find fault in only two areas of the theory and that is that assumptions and its validity. Many believe that the assumptions of the theory are imperfect. Some believe that if one building block of validity is wrong then the theory is in jeopardy. Which Berger has admitted some validity problems in the past, but is not willing to give up. Despite that many seem to be in agreeance with the theory and what it entitles, they all agree that this theory would and does work if applied correctly. It can change how many people communicate on their first daily encounters. One article shared that “despite these shortcomings, Uncertainty Reduction Theory remains the only communication theory to specifically examine initial interactions.” (West & Turner, 2017). Before, we shoot down a theory, because we
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