Social Penetration Theory; the Effects of Age, Gender, and Maturity on Relationships.

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Running head:SOCIAL PENETRATION THEORY Social Penetration Theory; The Effects of Age, Gender, and Maturity on Relationships. Social Penetration Theory; The Effects of Age, Gender, and Maturity on Relationships. Social Penetration Theory is “the process if developing deeper intimacy with another person through mutual self disclosure and other forms of vulnerability (Griffin, 2011). Irwin Altman and Dalmas Taylor developed this theory and compared human interaction to an onion. The outer layers being thoughts, opinions, about ones self and those around them. Deeper layers protect ones self image (Griffin, 2011). To gauge this theory in a real world setting, an interview was done with two males and one female. As all of the interviewees were close to the author, age and gender were examined in how the subjects answered the interview questions. Interviews The three participants were from both genders and all different ages. Subject 1 (White, 2012) is a 28 year old male, Subject 2 (Hall, 2012) is a 15 year old male, Subject 3 (Jackson, 2012) is a 36 year old woman. Two questions were asked of the participants; Who are you and what do you want? While the author's goal was to present only the questions at face value the author had to explain a bit as the simplicity of the question confused some of the participants. Subject 1 (White, 2012) responded to the first question “Who are you?” simply with his name. The subject is the author's husband. The question might have seemed odd because the marriage relationship by definition has already penetrated to the core. The author had to press for the participant to pretend that he didn't know the interviewer. He then responded that he was “Soldier, Husband, and Father.” (White, 2012) These are the simple, straightforward, answers that he would give to someone he was sitting next to

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