Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Dr. Randy Young

Degree Award Date

Spring 2008


Status, Competition, Politeness, storytelling


Communication | Interpersonal and Small Group Communication | Social Psychology and Interaction | Sociology


Across competitive Pictionary sessions, between high and low status participant pairs, we examined how winners verbally recapped each session. Consistent with Goffman's classic ideas on "facework", participants engaged in several face saving and face threatening techniques. Additionally those who faced the greatest risk of embarrassment were the most likely to employ self-protection strategies.