This book offers a blend of theory and skills that readers can use to become "other-oriented"- mindfully aware of considering the thoughts, needs, and values of others. Fueled by the authors' conviction that "skills inform principles; principles inform skills," Interpersonal Communication: Relating to Others maintains a careful balance between theoretical and skills-oriented material. This book integrates an emphasis on diversity with theoretical and skills discussions. Examples are drawn from a variety of age and ethnic groups, and special boxes focus on gender and diversity issues. A chapter on intercultural communication supplements this integral material by relating it to the "other-oriented" approach. For anyone interested in improving their interpersonal communication, or understanding the topic better.
An update of a college-level text, first published in 1996, addressing concepts and methods for improving communication through study of the self, language, nonverbal communication, conflict management, and communication with family, friends, lovers, and colleagues. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.