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COM 597 The Dark Side of

Relational Communication

Fall, 2013



















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Questions to Guide your reading of Chapter 2 The Dark Side of Relational Uncertainty: Obstacle or Opportunity

The first seven questions are designed to be sure everyone is on the "same page." The eighth question is the "meat" of the chapter. Remember it's best to post each question in a separate thread.

1. How do you feel that "uncertainty is inextricably tied to the well-being of intimate associations." p. 32?

2. Explain the primary concepts of Uncertainty Reduction Theory.

3. Explain the three sources of uncertainty in close relationships.

4. What are the predictors of relational uncertainty?

5. What are the outcomes of relational uncertainty?

6. How does relational uncertainty complicate communication?

7. What are the silver linings offered by relational uncertainty?

8. So, is relational uncertainty an obstacle or an opportunity?