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By Kory Floyd

Few behavioral techniques are extra crucial to the advance and upkeep of intimate relationships than the communique of love. certainly, affectionate expressions usually start up and speed up relational improvement. against this, their absence in tested relationships usually coincides with relational deterioration. this article explores the medical study on affection alternate to emerge from the disciplines of communique, social psychology, family members reports, psychophysiology, anthropology, and nursing. particular foci contain the person and relational advantages (including overall healthiness advantages) of affectionate habit, in addition to the numerous hazards frequently linked to expressing affection. a brand new, entire idea of human affection alternate is out there, and its advantages relative to latest theories are explored.

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Perhaps it comes from someone the recipient finds to be unrewarding. In these or similar instances, the affectionate expression might be an unwelcome surprise, causing the recipient (as EVT predicts) to evaluate it negatively. Social Meaning Model. The social meaning model (SMM: Burgoon & Newton; 1991) deals specifically with evaluation and interpretation of nonverbal messages. The model predicts that, within a given speech community, there are consensually recognized relational meanings for some nonverbal behaviors.

However, it does provide a direct means of predicting whether affectionate expressions will be reciprocated or compensated for, warranting its inclusion here. On the Status of Affectionate Communication Theory Each of the theories and perspectives reviewed above provides something important in the way of explaining an aspect of affectionate communication: for example, how affectionate messages are encoded or when they are likely to be reciprocated. Some of these theories have proven fruitful in framing empirical investigations on these topics, and others have the potential to do so.

This type of support is closest to what many researchers consider “social support”; however, the model also includes cases that involve the provision of more instrumental types of support. For example, the relatives and friends of the young mother also might show their affection by offering to baby sit, bringing her meals, taking care of her yard work, and sending her money to help with her financial needs. None of the support behaviors mentioned here encodes an affectionate message directly, in the way that behaviors such as kissing or saying “I love you” do.

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