Communication Theories Paper Part 2

Communication Theories Paper



March 4, 2019


(Part II)

Uncertainty Reduction Theory

Analyzing the course’s text ‘Introducing Communication Theory’, I have discovered many enlightening theories that are exceptionally innovative. One of the theory’s that sparked my interest is the Uncertainty Reduction Theory. The Uncertainty Reduction Theory is a theory that involves contact in one’s personal and professional life. Uncertainty Reduction Theory is the initial interaction that one has with another individual they are meeting for the first time. I have experienced this method quite a few times in my life, as most everyone has as well. One experience that stuck with me is when I first met my best friend. The very first time we met, she walked up to me during lunch at school and said, “Hello”, introduced herself to me, smiled, and walked away. I was extremely shy and did not like interacting with others or making new friends. This interaction left me shocked and I did not know what to say. Then a few days later during lunch, I walked up to her and introduced myself. We ate lunch together that day, found out we had so much in common, and have been inseparable ever since. I believe that her choice of communication was extremely useful as she obtained everything that she sought out from the beginning. I believe that the communication with us could have been better as I was frozen in the moment at her boldness when she walked up to speak with me. I believe that we have had a great connection since the beginning. Moving forward, I am hopeful that when meeting someone for the first time I will be the one to begin the conversation opposed to hesitating to speak and appearing unapproachable. “Berger and Calabrese believe that when strangers first meet, they are primarily concerned with increasing predictability to make sense out of their communication experience (West and Turner, p.145)”. Therefore, I will not attempt to make sense out of situations until we conclude our discussion.