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Social Penetration Theory
Irwin Altman & Dalmas Taylor

Interpersonal Communication: Relationship Development


 

Theory Overview (9th Edition)

Interpersonal closeness proceeds in a gradual and orderly fashion from superficial to intimate levels of exchange as a function of anticipated present and future outcomes. Lasting intimacy requires continual and mutual vulnerability through breadth and depth of self-disclosure. (Socio-psychological tradition)

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