That which guides the movement from impersonal to more personal communication.

Two people communicating.

When people acknowledge incompatibility in their perceptions about something of importance.

An expressed struggle between at least two interdependent parties, who perceive incompatible goals, scarce rewards, and interference from the other party in achieving their goals.

In Social Penetration Theory, the stage involving interaction between people who do not know one another.

Motivation to reduce uncertainty based on likely reward from the other of interest.

The struggle between the need to remain connected to the other and the need to be independent.

The idea that people evaluate relationships in a rational manner to maximize rewards and limit costs.

Conflict that exists when there is an unspoken truce or an uneasy peace in a relationship.

The intent to persist in a relationship.