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Interpersonal Communication and Human Relationships provides comprehensive coverage of the field in the context of developing relationships. Grounded in both contemporary and classic scholarship, the experienced author team engages the reader through an abundance of relatable stories, accessible writing, and the thoughtful application of interpersonal communication research to everyday life.

Focusing on communication’s role in the growth and decay of human relationships, this text introduces interpersonal communication principles and theories through the use of common experiences. Interpersonal Communication and Human Relationships aims to motivate readers to critically think about their own relational communication and those of others, and to peak interest and affinity for future social science research. A market leader for over twenty years, this Sixth Edition retains its classic features including the citations of the most current research from communication and social psychology; thorough coverage of dialogue, speech, and interaction patterns; true stories, executive summary boxes, cartoons, and diagnostic tests.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205543724
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Series: MySearchLab Series for Communication Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I Human Communication in Developing Relationships

1 Communication: The Lifeblood of Relationships

Relationship Messages

Five Important Misconceptions About Communication in Relationships

How Communication Changes as Our Relationships Develop

Dimensions of Communication: Patterns and Variations


Selected Readings


2 Stages of Coming Together and Coming Apart

Types of Relationships

A Model of Interaction Stages in Relationships

Interaction Stages

Movement: In, Out, and Around Stages


Selected Readings


Part II Factors Affecting Human Communication Behavior in Relationships

3 The Nature of the Communicators

The Influence of Interpersonal Needs

The Role of Interpersonal Needs

Analyzing Our Own Needs and Those of Others

Interpersonal Needs Across the Lifespan

Interpersonal Needs of Females and Males


Selected Readings


4 The Communication Environment: Cultural and Physical

The Influence of the Cultural Environment

The Influence of the Immediate Physical Environment or Setting


Selected Readings


Part III Interaction Patterns for Coming Together

5 The Genesis of Dialogue

Getting Together

Sizing Up the Other Person

The Many Faces of Attraction


Selected Readings


6 Interaction Rituals

Communication Rules

The Rhetoric of Hello

Forms of Address

Relationship “Openers”

Small(?) Talk


Selected Readings


7 The Foundations of Intimate Dialogue

Types of Love

Liking Versus Loving

Intimacy and Close Relationships

Foundations of Intimacy


Selected Readings


Part IV Interaction Patterns and the Maintenance of Relationships

8 Maintaining Relationships Through Dialogue: Disclosures, Lies, and Fights

Relationship Maintenance

Self-Disclosure, Confidentiality, and Trust


Constructive Conflict


Selected Readings


9 Maintaining Relationships Through Dialogue: Commitment and Intimacy

Commitment and Commitment Talk

Personal Idioms

Giving Compliments and Gifts

Giving Comfort and Advice


Sex Talk

Intimate Play

Intimacy Without Words


Selected Readings


Part V Interaction Patterns for Coming Apart

10 Communication and the Process of Relationship Disengagement

Terminating Relationships

Communication During Relationship Decay: Return of the Stranger


Selected Readings


11 The Dialogue of Distance and De-escalation

Some Potentially Destructive Patterns of Communication: An Interpersonal Chamber of Horrors


Selected Readings


Part VI Toward More Effective Communication in Relationships

12 Evaluating and Developing Effective Communication in Relationships

The Relativity of Effective Communication

Perceptions of Effective Communication

Rx for Effective Communication

Becoming an Effective Communicator

Writing Your Own Story

Communicating Effectively Together


Selected Readings


Author Index

Subject Index

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