Understanding Friendship Through The Staircase Model

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Relationships can have different forms such as between two lovers or between parent and child. There are many times in a relationship when it goes downhill due to lack of communication. Most fundamental form of relationship is Dyad where two people engage in communication of shared history and personal nature. Ruben and Stewart (2006) supports, “In any dyad, unique language patterns and communication patterns develop that differentiate that relationship from others”. One can easily see the dyadic relationship between friends. It is a type of relationship which can be characterized by the sharing of information, confidences, mutual assistance, enjoyment, spontaneity, and use of slang words that distinguish them from others. For instance, while talking with a friend one can use phrases such as “what’s up” “what’s going on” etc. On the other hand, while verbalizing to strangers one can use words such as “Hi” or “Hello”. A relationship among friend can also be regarded as an interpersonal relationship because as discussed above, both individuals are sharing emotional bonds, loyalty and mutual understanding with each other. The following paragraphs will discuss the current stage of friendship on “staircase” model, and will also discuss some limitations of this model, and finally will highlight the effect of mediated communication technologies on friendship.
According to Knapp and Vangelisti’s “staircase” model the current stage of my relationship with a friend can be considered at an Experimenting stage. As discussed in class, it is a phase in which a person often engages in “small talk” that might include where we’re from and whom we know (DiDomenico, 2013). I can tell that my chosen relationship is at this stage because before class we often talk about our grades and how we can improve those scores. It indicates a “small talk” that is required for this stage. Moreover, as discussed in class, most of the relationship never progress to the next level because it lacks depth. This limitation can also be seen in my chosen relationship because our talk is limited to grades and lecture discussion only. So, one can easily determine that my chosen relationship will not proceed to the next stage because they are quite superficial and occasional talks.
One limitation of staircase model is “Timing” (DiDomenico, 2013). It can be thought as how long both individuals stay together or apart from...

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