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Name: Thy Nhu Be (Jessica)
Class: Comm 145
Professor: Donna, Schiess
Paper: Theory and Context Paper
Date: 05/01/2013
Expectation Violation Theory
There are two types of communication, verbal communication and nonverbal communication. Some people think that communicate verbally are more effective than nonverbal communication. In fact, according to Mark Knapp and Judith Hall, nonverbal communication are twelve to thirteen times more effectual than communicate verbally. When we mention to nonverbal communication, we need to know clearly about what personal space is. In order to understand about personal space, Dr. Judee Burgoon developed Expectancy Violation Theory. Today, I am going to inform to you the Expectancy Violation Theory. There are three information related to Expectancy Violation Theory that will help you understand clearly about this theory: space relations, assumptions of the Expectation Violation Theory, and some features of the Expectation Violation Theory.

I. Space relation is one of the important information about Expectation Violation Theory.
Personal space is a core concept of this theory and I am going to provide to you some
important definitions related to personal space.
A. Personal space is “ the variable and subjective distance at which one person feel comfortable talking to another (Personal Space, 2013).” Proxemics and territoriality are two important definitions help us gain more knowledge about personal space. 1. Proxemics help us know how to use area and the gap between

individuals who are interacting with each other. Proxemics have four
zones: intimate space, personal space, social space, and public space. a. Intimate space (0- 18 inches): this space spend for two individuals who are very close or who are in love. They usually have some cuddle gestures, such as, whispers or moan. b. Personal space (18 inches- 4 feet):
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