Interpersonal Communication and Human Relationships

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Focusing on communication's role in the development and deterioration of human relationships, this text introduces interpersonal communication principles and theories through the use of common experiences, such as relationships with roommates, friends, and coworkers. This Sixth Edition retains its classic features including current research from communication and social psychology, thorough coverage of dialogue, speech, and interaction patterns, true stories, executive summary ...

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Overview

Focusing on communication's role in the development and deterioration of human relationships, this text introduces interpersonal communication principles and theories through the use of common experiences, such as relationships with roommates, friends, and coworkers. This Sixth Edition retains its classic features including current research from communication and social psychology, thorough coverage of dialogue, speech, and interaction patterns, true stories, executive summary boxes, cartoons, and diagnostic tests.

Features of the New Edition: "So You Want to Know" feature boxes show how current research areas are relevant to your life today including issues like long distance relationships, online relationships, and friendships, Inclusion of contemporary research such as the evolutionary approach to jealousy, deception, workplace relationships, and the role of emotion in relationships helps keep you abreast of interpersonal issues today, New coverage of the impact of technology on relationships throughout the text, including rules to follow when meeting people for online dating, offers practical applications of interpersonal communication concepts, Increased coverage of cultural issues and diversity and their influence on relationships continues to bring global perspective to broaden your understanding of key interpersonal concepts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205133949
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/1991
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I Human Communication in Developing Relationships 1
1 Communication: The Lifeblood of Relationships 3
2 Stages of Coming Together and Coming Apart 30
Pt. II Factors Affecting Human Communication Behavior in Relationships 65
3 The Nature of the Communicators 67
4 The Communication Environment: Cultural and Physical 96
Pt. III Interaction Patterns for Coming Together 127
5 The Genesis of Dialogue 129
6 Interaction Rituals 162
7 The Foundations of Intimate Dialogue 197
Pt. IV Interaction Patterns and the Maintenance of Relationships 229
8 Maintaining Relationships Through Dialogue: Disclosures, Lies, and Fights 231
9 Maintaining Relationships Through Dialogue: Commitment and Intimacy 263
Pt. V Interaction Patterns for Coming Apart 299
10 Communication and the Process of Relationship Disengagement 301
11 The Dialogue of Distance and De-escalation 329
Pt. VI Toward More Effective Communication in Relationships 359
12 Evaluating and Developing Effective Communication in Relationships 361
Author Index 392
Subject Index 400
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