Reaching Out: Interpersonal Effectiveness and Self-Actualization / Edition 10

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Reaching Out: Interpersonal Effectiveness and Self-Actualization, 10e

David W. Johnson, University of Minnesota

Now in its tenth edition, Reaching Out, the most comprehensive, practical and applied text available on interpersonal skills, remains squarely focused on the dynamics found in virtually all interpersonal relationships. With new information about online interaction and relationships, expanded content on barriers to communication, and revised content throughout, the text continues to keep pace with the latest theories, sources of interpersonal communication, and research in the field. With an engaging and an accessible style that makes the content come alive for readers, this text is an especially effective resource for learning about and teaching the basic interpersonal skills. No matter what occupations or relationships students undertake, their success will largely be determined by how skilled they are interpersonally. With this effective resource for learning about the basic interpersonal skills, its audience will begin a journey of continuous improvement.

The book’s special features include:

  • NEW coverage of online interactions and relationships.
  • Chapter 10, Barriers to Interpersonal Effectiveness, now covers anxiety and fear, shyness, self-blame, and stereotyping and prejudice, as well as the importance of optimism in overcoming potential barriers.
  • Skill-building exercises, examples, and theory-to-practice applications–extend readers’ understanding of chapter content.
  • Discussion of how to express anger in constructive ways–equips readers with valuable applications to this difficult aspect of managing relationships.
  • The latest and most exciting theory and research on all aspects of communicating effectively–including Self-Disclosure (Chapter 2), Developing and Maintaining Trust (Chapter 3), Increasing Your Communication Skills (Chapter 4), and Resolving Interpersonal Conflicts (Chapter 8).
  • The skills and knowledge to: a) get to know and trust each other; b) communicate with each other accurately and unambiguously; c) resolve conflicts and relationship problems constructively; and d) encourage and appreciate diversity.
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Editorial Reviews

Eleven chapters integrate theory and advice on developing interpersonal skills. Topics discussed include: self disclosure, developing trust, verbal and non-verbal communication skills, helpful listening, conflict resolution, stress and anger and management, diversity issues, and barriers to interpersonal effectiveness such as anxiety or shyness. Each chapter includes exercises for skill- building. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205578641
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 11/14/2008
  • Series: Pearson Custom Education Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents




Chapter 1 -- The Importance of Interpersonal Skills

Chapter 2 -- Self-Disclosure

Chapter 3 -- Developing and Maintaining Trust

Chapter 4 -- Increasing Your Communications Skills

Chapter 5 -- Expressing Your Feelings Verbally

Chapter 6 -- Expressing Your Feelings Nonverbally

Chapter 7 -- Helpful Listening and Responding

Chapter 8 -- Resolving Interpersonal Conflicts

Chapter 9 -- Anger, Stress, and Managing Feelings

Chapter 10 -- Barriers to Interpersonal Effectiveness






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  • Posted July 31, 2013

    This little educational paperback is a gem and a classic. Don't

    This little educational paperback is a gem and a classic. Don't underestimate it! The many exercises allow college students to have fun practicing vital communication skills. Learning by doing strengthens classroom lectures and is a great help to students outside of college, in their personal relationships and careers, as well.

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