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    Maggie Decena Professor McNelis September 22nd, 2017 Application of Social Penetration Theory The film Crazy, Stupid, Love depicts the dissolution of Cal Weaver’s once perfect life. High school sweethearts living in a suburban town with steady jobs and kids, Cal and his wife Emily share the illusion of a picture-perfect love story. However, when Emily reveals her act of adultery, she asks Cal for a divorce. Cal falls into a deep depression that leads him to bask in his sorrows at singles bars

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    Social Penetration Theory was one of the first steps in moving our relationship forward. It allowed us to move from normalized communication to a more intimate form of communication. Essentially taking our relationship from friend level and moving it to a mutual level of intimacy for each other. Social Penetration Theory was conceptualized by Irwan Altman and Dalmas Taylor and illustrates a theory as to the pattern of relationship development. According to Altman and Taylor, intimacy involves more

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    According to Irwin Altman and Dalmas Taylor, Social Penetration Theory is defined as the process of bonding that moves a relationship from superficial to more intimate. The theory can be perceived as a game plan for people, especially in a relationship. This can give you guidance on how to interact with individuals in order to establish a stable, and developing relationship through interpersonal communication. For example, when you encounter someone whom you’ve never met before, you may ask some

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    The Social Penetration Theory People often times fail to realize how their communication can greatly impact their social interactions as well as aid in the formation of strong intimate relationships they may hold with their friends or even their significant other. We use communication in many forms, whether verbal or non-verbal to gain a better understanding of one another and to reduce our uncertainty towards each other. By allowing ourselves to take part in the communication process, we therefore

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    is laid out in a proposed theory by Irwin Altman and Dalmas Taylor called the social penetration process. Social penetration can be defined as the process of developing deeper intimacy with another person through mutual self-disclosure and other forms of vulnerability (Griffin 97). This theory examines personality structure, self-disclosure, and the rewards and costs of forming an

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    Founder of the theory The founders of the theory were Irwin Altman and Dalmas Taylor. Altman is a distinguished professor of psychology at the University of Utah whereby Taylor is a professor of psychology at the University of Texas, Arlington. Altman and Taylor developed this theory to provide an understanding of the closeness between two individuals. Apparently, social penetration is defined as a process that moves a relationship from non-intimate to intimate. The theory states that this

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    Social Penetration Theory Yunsik Jung Western Kentucky University Abstract Irwin Altman and Dalmas Taylor originally created the Social Penetration Theory and the theory deals with the ways in which relationships develop and progress. It explains how communication enriches the relationship of two or more individuals. The theory states that closeness develops if communication begins at relatively shallow non-intimate levels and moves in gradual and orderly fashion to deeper more personal levels.

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    Selected Theory: Social Penetration Theory was created by Irwin Altman, the professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Utah, and Dalmas Taylor, who was provost and professor of psychology at Lincoln University before he passed away. This theory is used to describe the way people grow closer in a “gradual and orderly fashion from superficial to intimate levels of exchange as a function of both immediate and forecasted outcomes” (Altman & Taylor, 1973, pg. 96), which the authors of the theory

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    that they desire in return. The Social Penetration Theory, The Expectancy Violations Theory and Constructivism all support this general conclusion that men and women weigh out the positive and negatives when deciding on continuing friendships through communication. People will only want to communicate with those whose incentives affect them positively and can be used to help further their successes. Argument The Social Penetration Theory The Social Penetration theory theorizes how the closeness in

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    Communication Theory (COM 200) at Eastern Arizona College. This course provided me with the determination to stick with my degree and fueled the passion I already felt for observing communication patterns around me. I was particularly fascinated by the theories describing the process of building relationships. Social penetration theory, is of particular interest to me as it attempts to predict the outcome of a relationship based on the beginning stages of self-disclosure (Griffin, 2012). Social penetration

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