sort of observer-performer discrepancy in assessments of communication anxiety or arousal ( Sparks & Greene, 1992; but see Burgoon & LePoire, 1992). And attached to these dissimilar assessments of self-control are other important assessments, for example, level of communicative or intellectual competence. Thus, in the situation just described, the communicator may judge himself or herself as low in competence, whereas the observers of his or her performance may believe that he or she performed competently and may even infer that he or she has a "competent" personality.
An important implication is that researchers and theorists should be clear about the kind of control that is of interest to them. The data source for testing hypotheses regarding communication control does not present itself neutrally for examination. Predictions about relationships between communication and control that hold for one data source may not generalize to others.
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