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Expectancy Violation theory
Journalism & Communication
Pages 4 (1004 words)
Name September 17, 2013 Theory: Expectation Violations Theory and Interaction Adaptation Theory by Judee Burgoon Word count: 1621 Judee Burgoon proposed the Expectation Violations Theory (EVT), where people’s expectations of other people’s behaviors affect their interactions, impressions and the results of these interactions.
EVT is used to understand and to evaluate their interactions and the outcomes of those interactions in this scene. EVT asserts that every person has an expectation regarding other people’s behaviors that affect their personal space. Personal space pertains to the invisible and varying spatial levels that people put around their bodies. Their idea of personal space guides their spatial expectations from other people. For instance, Fran has a small personal space, where she talks closely to people, such as one to two feet away from them, regardless of her personal and professional relationship with them. To further understand the scene, the concepts of expectancy, violation valence, and communicator reward valence are applied. Expectancy is what people think will happen (or what they expect to happen) and not what they desire to happen. Context, kind of relationship, and communicator characteristics affect expectancy. Context includes cultural norms and setting. Relationship level and status depend on similarity, familiarity, liking, and relative status. Communicator characteristics are comprised of demographics, as well as physical appearance, personality and communication style. During the interview scene, Maxwell expects deference from Fran, since she is applying as a nanny. ...
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