Close Encounters: Communication in Relationships / Edition 2 available in Paperback
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Close Encounters: Communication in Relationships, Second Edition takes a relational approach to the study of interpersonal communication by focusing on issues that are central to describing and understanding close relationships. Although the primary focus is on communication research, this book emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of the study of personal relationships by including research from various disciplines such as social psychology and family studies. Organized using a developmental approach, the authors first look at initial interaction and relational escalation, then move on to issues related to maintaining intimate relationships, and finally focus on challenges relational partners face, including relationship endings.
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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 Relationships Principles of Interpersonal Communication Principles of Relational Communication Relational Messages Summary and Application Discussion Questions2. 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 Questions3. 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 Questions4. 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 Questions5. Getting Closer: Initiating and Intensifying Relationships Self-Disclosure Stage Theories of Relationship Development The Turning Point Approach First Dates Cohabitation Summary and Application Discussion Questions6. Making a Love Connection: Styles of Love and Attachment Love, Liking, and Unrequited Love Types of Love Attachment Theory Summary and Application Discussion Questions7. 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 Questions8. 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 Questions9. 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 Questions10. Getting a Fair Deal: Interdependence and Equity Interdependence Theory The Investment Model Equity Theory Evolutionary Theories of Social Exchange Summary and Application Discussion Questions11. 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 Questions12. Getting Too Close for Comfort: Privacy and Secrets in Relationships Communication Privacy Management Theory Negotiating Privacy Boundaries in Relationships Obsessive Relational Intrusion Topic Avoidance Secrets Summary and Application Discussion Questions13. Hurting the Ones We Love: Relational Transgressions Hurt Feelings in Relationships Infidelity Jealousy Deception Hurtful Messages The Aftermath of Hurtful Events Summary and Application Discussion Questions14. Coping with Conflict: When Relational Partners Disagree Conflict in Relationships Conflict Styles Patterns of Conflict Interaction Explanations for Conflict Patterns Summary and Application Discussion Questions15. 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