Interpersonal Communication: Everyday Encounters / Edition 7

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You'll find your voice and experience communication success with INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION: EVERYDAY ENCOUNTERS, 7E. Award-winning author Julia T. Wood presents a pragmatic introduction to the concepts, principles, and skills of interpersonal communication--helping you build the skills you need to become a better communicator. You'll also read about such timely issues as the ethical challenges and choices that affect interpersonal communication, emotional intelligence and forgiveness, interracial relationships, safe sex, ways to deal with abuse from intimates, race-related differences between conflict styles, and the power of language.
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Editorial Reviews

This textbook focuses on the structure of interpersonal communications and the role of such communications in relationships. It integrates theories, research, and skills from several disciplines. Chapters consider the construction of the self, the interplay between perception and communication, words and other means of communication, the significance of listening, emotions, conflict, friendships, and committed romantic relationships. Wood teaches at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"I think the approach taken by the textbook is a good combination of communication theory and practical application of interpersonal communication principles. This makes the text easy to read and provides great examples and exercises to practice the concepts discussed so that students learn how to adapt their communication skills. … The instructor supplements also provide everything an instructor needs to develop and maintain their interpersonal communication course."

"I think the approach to this book is conversational and theoretical, which enables students to clearly understand concepts while making them real to their everyday lives. This is what I want my students to do, which is why I chose to use this textbook. The previous book was too academic and dry and lacked the ability to give the concepts richness and usefulness."

"The text breaks down a complicated subject into specific digestible chunks and teaches to competencies in those chunks. I think that this text does a great job with organization. This is a book I can take in order. It is a book that makes sense."

"Julia Wood has quite a reputation so those who know her work might be tempted to adopt the book based on that alone. I also think people will appreciate Ms. Wood's open and honest approach. Her book is approachable and engaging and provides a very solid introduction to interpersonal communication that differs from other textbooks on the same topic."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111346409
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 104,942
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Julia Wood joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when she was 24. During her 37 years on the faculty, she taught classes and conducted research on personal relationships and on gender, communication, and culture. She was named the Lineberger Distinguished Professor of Humanities and the Caroline H. and Thomas S. Royster Distinguished Professor of Graduate Education. She has published 25 books and 100 articles and book chapters. In addition, she has presented more than 100 papers at professional conferences and campuses around the United States. She has received 14 awards honoring her teaching and 16 awards recognizing her scholarship. She received her B.A. from North Carolina State University, her M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University.
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Table of Contents

Part I: THE FABRIC OF INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION. 1. A First Look at Interpersonal Communication. 2. Communication and Personal Identity. 3. Perception and Communication. 4. The World of Words. 5. The World Beyond Words. 6. Mindful Listening. Part II: WEAVING COMMUNICATION INTO RELATIONSHIPS. 7. Emotions and Communication. 8. Communication Climate: The Foundation of Personal Relationships. 9. Managing Conflict in Relationships. 10. Friendships in Our Lives. 11. Committed Romantic Relationships. 12. Communication in Families. Epilogue: Continuing the Conversation. Glossary. References. Index.
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