Compare social penetration theory and uncertainty reduction theory

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  1. Berger's approach to getting to know someone conflicts with Altman and Taylor's social penetration theory, yet they share important assumptions about communication and the human psyche worth discussing with your class. Although they differ on the motivation for communicating with strangers, both theories view communication as primarily informative in nature and the self as a stable, fixed entity that exists prior to interpersonal interaction. As previously mentioned theorists such as Mead and Pearce emphasize the transactional or ontological function of communication and would likely suggest that the process of talking not only provides desired information about people, but actually shapes those engaged in the conversation. Thus, to a symbolic interactionist or social constructionist, the act of “reducing uncertainty” not only reveals, but creates, the individuals involved. Compare social penetration theory and uncertainty reduction theory, explain how they can be applied to relationship development. Cite other theories when necessary.
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Running head: SOCIAL PENETRATION VS. UNCERTAINTY REDUCTION THEORY 1

Social Penetration Theory vs. Uncertainty Reduction Theory
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SOCIAL PENETRATION VS. UNCERTAINTY REDUCTION THEORY

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Social Penetration Theory vs. Uncertainty Reduction Theory
Uncertainty Reduction Theory (URT) and Social Penetration Theory (SPT) deal with the
relations between individual by systematically exploring individuals and their professional and
social relations. On one hand, URT is based on the assumption that uncertainty is an unpleasant
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