Written by two well-respected researchers and authors in the field, Interpersonal Communication and Human Relationships offers the most comprehensive and widely-used developmental and analytical approach to communication in close relationships. Focusing on the role of communication in the coming together and the coming apart of relationships, this accessible text introduces students to relational communication theories by using common examples-relationships with roommates, friends, and parents-to help them better understand and retain concepts.
|Publisher:||Allyn & Bacon, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||7.62(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.93(d)|
Table of Contents
Every chapter includes “Summary,” “Selected Readings,” and “Notes.”
I. HUMAN COMMUNICATION IN DEVELOPING RELATIONSHIPS.
1. Communication: The Lifeblood of Relationships.
Five Important Misconceptions About Communications in Relationships.
How Communication Changes as Our Relationships Develop.
Dimensions of Communication: Patterns and Variations.
2. Stages of Coming Together and Coming Apart.
Types of Relationships.
A Model of Interaction Stages in Relationships.
Movement: In, Out, and Around Stages.
II. FACTORS AFFECTING HUMAN COMMUNICATION BEHAVIOR IN RELATIONSHIPS.
3. The Nature of the Communicators.
The Influence of Interpersonal Needs.
Interpersonal Needs Across the Lifespan.
Interpersonal Needs of Females and Males.
4. The Communication Environment: Cultural and Physical.
The Influence of the Cultural Environment.
The Influence of the Immediate Physical Environment or Setting.
III. INTERACTION PATTERNS FOR COMING TOGETHER.
5. The Genesis of Dialogue.
Sizing Up the Other Person.
The Many Faces of Attraction.
6. Interaction Rituals.
The Rhetoric of Hello.
Forms of Address.
7. The Foundations of Intimate Dialogue.
Loving and Liking.
Foundations of Intimacy.
IV. INTERACTION PATTERNS AND THE MAINTENANCE OF RELATIONSHIPS.
8. Maintaining Relationships through Dialogue: Disclosures, Lies, and Fights.
Self-Disclosure, Confidentiality, and Trust.
9. Maintaining Relationships Through Dialogue: Commitment and Intimacy.
Commitment and Commitment Talk.
Giving Compliments and Gifts.
Intimacy Without Words.
V. INTERACTION PATTERNS FOR COMING APART.
10. Communication and the Process of Relationship Disengagement.
Communication During Relationship Decay: Return of the Stranger.
11. The Dialogue of Distance and De-Escalation.
Some Potentially Destructive Patterns of Communication: An Interpersonal Chamber of Horrors.
VI. TOWARD MORE EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION IN RELATIONSHIPS.
12. Evaluating and Developing Effective Communication in Relationships.
The Relativity of Effective Communication.
Perceptions of Effective Communication.
Rx for Effective Communication.
Becoming an Effective Communicator.
Writing Your Own Story.
Communicating Effectively Together.