Social Penetration Theory Case Study

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Case Study Outline
1. Introduction
a. Attention Getter: “You can close your eyes to the things you don’t want to see, but you can’t close your heart to things you don’t want to feel” (Johnny Depp).
b. Thesis Statement: In life we all try to block things out of our hearts thinking it will help us, when in reality all the things we feel will help us in the long run. We often do this in relationships. I examine relationships through the lens of Social Penetration Theory.
c. Preview of Main Arguments: First, I will explain the context. Second, I will define the Social Penetration Theory. Third, I will connect my context to the Social Penetration Theory and how it is used in my context. Finally, I will develop the implications of this study.
2. Body
a. Theory: The Social Penetration Theory was developed by Irwin Altman and Dalmas Taylor in 1973. The theory state that as a relationship develops, communication moves from relatively shallow, no intimate levels to deeper, more personal ones
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Implications: As people get to know one another their layers are peeled away to get more intimate with one another. According to Altman and Taylor all layers have breadth and depth. The breadth of each layer is the topics brought into the individual’s life. The depth of each layer differs. On the outer layers, the depth is visible in the way you talk and the way you dress, showing part of your personality. The deeper you get in each layer show more of your feelings and thought.
3. Conclusion
a. Review of Thesis statement: In this case study I examined Social Penetration Theory through the story No Thank You by Lena Nelson Dooley.
b. Review of Thesis Statement: I explained and added detail of the theory, explained the case and context, brought the theory together with the context by applying the theory to the story, and showed the implications of this study.
c. Clincher: I can now better understand how to not build up walls to block out things that might be meaningful to my

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