Chapter 5 Understanding-Driven Interactional Theories
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UNDERSTANDING-DRIVEN INTERACTIONAL THEORIES
Understanding-driven interactional theories share the following characteristics: Two or more people motivated by the need for understanding alternatively think about a message delivered by the other, design a message in response, and deliver that message. As a consequence of their interaction, the interactants’ relevant understanding will generally increase. There are only a few theories that qualify for this category. One is the original version of uncertainty reduction theory (URT), and the discussion here will cover URT and those theories that were proposed in response to it. Two others are theories relevant to the manner in which social influence occurs during small-group decision making.
Uncertainty Reduction Theory and Its Progeny
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