Last Modified: 2011-05-23
self disclosure usually increases gradually as people develop relationships
phatic communication (small talk) Most people don't get past this stage – First impressions matter here (the first 4 minutes) – incentive value, similarity, complimentary, deviation from expectation (will prompt us to seek more information)
try to figure out people's likes, values, attitudes and opinions – similarity is valued in this stage
displays of affection begin in this stage, nicknames and terms of endearment – expression of positive regard ( I love you's) – using pronouns (us, we, our)
you are a couple, joint invitations, we can predict what the other person will say, complete each others sentences, “our song”, joint bank accounts, merging of social networks
public declaring commitment, maid of honor, best man, godparent, blood brother or sisters, engagements
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