ERIC Number: ED264610
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
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Interpersonal Orientations: A Review, Synthesis and Critique.
Spitzberg, Brian H.; Lane, Shelley D.
Defining interpersonal orientations as the characteristic and consistent ways in which individuals interact with others, this paper examines various conceptualizations and theories regarding such orientations in order to discover how they affect interpersonal communication. In particular, the paper (1) reviews work concerning psychological types; social styles; interpersonal dimensions, attitudes, and needs; personality trichotomies; performance styles; and communication typologies; and (2) synthesizes constructs from these areas into a taxonomy. Next, interpersonal orientations constructs are critiqued as they relate to communicative behavior. Finally, some preliminary steps are taken to show the utility of some interpersonal orientations constructs to a predictive model of contextual impression formation of an individual's competence in communicating. A seven-page reference list is appended. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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