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Social Penetration Theory

posted 10 Jan 2011, 17:13 by Jess Maher
Social penetration theory was formulated by psychology professors Irwin Altman and Dalmas Taylor as their attempt to describe the dynamics of relational closeness. They proposed that closeness occurs through a gradual process of self-disclosure, and closeness develops if the participants proceed in a gradual and orderly fashion. This psychological theory, as with many others, is applied in the context of interpersonal relationships such as communications.