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Close Encounters: Communication in Relationships / Edition 2

Close Encounters: Communication in Relationships / Edition 2


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ISBN-13: 9781412949538
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 05/08/2007
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 456
Product dimensions: 7.37(w) x 9.12(h) x (d)

About the Author

Laura K. Guerrero has been at Arizona State since 1996 where she teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses on relational communication, nonverbal communication, statistics, and research methods. Her research focuses on communication in close relationships, emphasizing nonverbal messages, emotion, and the "dark” and “bright” sides of interpersonal communication. She is the co-author/co-editor of Nonverbal Communication in Close Relationships (Erlbaum), The Nonverbal Communication Reader, Third Edition (Waveland Press), Nonverbal Communication (Pearson), and the Handbook of Communication and Emotion (Academic Press).

Peter Andersen (Ph D, Florida State University) is a professor at San Diego State University. The author of five books and more than 150 book chapters, research papers, and journal articles, he has received recognition as one of the 100 most published scholars in the field of communication.

Walid A. Afifi (Ph D, University of Arizona) is professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he teaches interpersonal communication, relational communication, nonverbal communication, and social marketing. His research revolves around people’s experience of uncertainty and their decisions to seek or avoid information in relational contexts.

Table of Contents

1. Conceptualizing Relational Communication: Definitions, Principles, and Relational Messages
The Field of Personal Relationships: A Brief History
Principles of Interpersonal Communication
Principles of Relational Communication
Relational Messages
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions
2. Communicating Identity: The Social Self
The Development and Expansion of Identities
Identity, Perceptions, and Social Interaction
Principles of Identity Management
Communicating Our Identities to Others
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions
3. Drawing People Together: Forces of Social Attraction
Defining Attraction
A Framework for Understanding Attraction
Personal Variables Related to Attraction
Other People's Qualities
Interpersonal Chemistry Between People
Environmental Features Related to Attraction
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions
4. Making Sense of Our World: Coping with Uncertainty and Expectancy Violations
Defining Uncertainty
Uncertainty Reduction in Initial Encounters
Predicted Outcomes in Initial Encounters
Uncertainty in Established Relationships
Factors Affecting Motivation to Seek Information
Personality Differences
Expectancy Violations
Application and Summary
Discussion Questions
5. Getting Closer: Initiating and Intensifying Relationships
Stage Theories of Relationship Development
The Turning Point Approach
First Dates
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions
6. Making a Love Connection: Styles of Love and Attachment
Love, Liking, and Unrequited Love
Types of Love
Attachment Theory
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions
7. Communicating Sexually: The Closest Physical Encounter
Sex in Relationships
Sexual Attitudes and Behaviors
Communication Patterns
Sexual Coercion and Harassment
Sexual Satisfaction: Misconceptions and Realities
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions
8. Communicating Closeness: Intimacy, Affection, and Social Support
Understanding Intimacy
The Importance of Intimacy and Affection
Nonverbal Intimacy
Verbal Intimacy
Comfort and Social Support
Theories and Models of Intimate Interaction
Sex Differences in Intimacy and Affection
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions
9. Staying Close: Maintaining Intimate Relationships
Defining Relational Maintenance
Behaviors Used to Maintain Relationships
Maintenance Behavior in Various Types of Relationships
Barriers to Relational Dissolution
The Dialectical Perspective
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions
10. Getting a Fair Deal: Interdependence and Equity
Interdependence Theory
The Investment Model
Equity Theory
Evolutionary Theories of Social Exchange
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions
11. Playing with Power: Dominance and Influence in Relationships
Defining Power and Related Terms
Power Principles
Interpersonal Influence Goals
Verbal Power Ploys
Nonverbal Positions of Power
Power and Influence in Families
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions
12. Getting Too Close for Comfort: Privacy and Secrets in Relationships
Communication Privacy Management Theory
Negotiating Privacy Boundaries in Relationships
Obsessive Relational Intrusion
Topic Avoidance
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions
13. Hurting the Ones We Love: Relational Transgressions
Hurt Feelings in Relationships
Hurtful Messages
The Aftermath of Hurtful Events
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions
14. Coping with Conflict: When Relational Partners Disagree
Conflict in Relationships
Conflict Styles
Patterns of Conflict Interaction
Explanations for Conflict Patterns
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions
15. Ending Relationships: Disengagement and Termination
Why Relationships End
Models of the Disengagement Process
Fifteen Ways to Leave Your Partner
Outcomes: The Results of Relationship Endings
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions

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