Synopses & Reviews
What’s New? (In a Nutshell)
Here, in a nutshell, are some of the major changes between the first edition and this current, second edition.
A new chapter-opening feature highlights a photo from a current television show to illustrate an interpersonal communication concept or issue; a follow-up activity appears at the end of the chapter. By using television as a laboratory for studying interpersonal relationships we encourage you to analyze your own interpersonal communication and become a better communicator.
A new theme, interpersonal politeness has been added to this edition. Communication and business professionals are coming to realize that politeness is not just about being a nice person— it is also about being a better communicator. This new edition discusses the role of politeness in interpersonal communication and offers practical advice for how you can approach your interpersonal communication situations in a polite and effective way.
The all-important topics of impression formation and management and the practical strategies for forming impressions of others and for communicating the impressions you want others to have of you are now covered in a new chapter on perception and self.
A new chapter on emotional messages covers both the principles of emotions and emotional messages and the obstacles that can get in your way when you are trying to craft your communication messages. It also offers advice to help you respond to the emotions of others.
Chapter 8 has been totally revised and now addresses some of the important but little discussed topics of the art of conversation. It offers practical advice you can use in any number of communication situations you encounter everyday: make small talk, introduce people, offer excuses and apologies, compliment another, and effectively give advice.
To recognize the importance of establishing effective relationships, this edition offers two
chapters on relationships. Chapter 9 covers the advantages and disadvantages of forming relationships, the lifecycle of relationships, and the special circumstances of the dark side of relationships. Chapter 10 will help you understand relationship basics, the theory behind them, and how to apply that theory to your own relationships.
Throughout the text, we have stressed the application of the principles and theories covered in each chapter to making your own everyday interpersonal interactions more effective, whether with friends, lovers, family, or workplace colleagues.
Updated in a new 2nd edition, Interpersonal Messages
stresses the importance of politeness, cultural awareness and ethical principles within daily interpersonal interactions by engaging students with its lively and accessible insight to interpersonal skill development.
By creating a foundation for the reader, Interpersonal Messages gives room to understand the concepts of interpersonal communication and to develop the skills necessary to apply what they've learned. With a focus on skill-building, this book helps the reader to understand how to master interpersonal communication and relationship skills.
This package contains the following components:
-0205688640: Interpersonal Messages: Communication and Relationship
Table of Contents
Part One. Preliminaries to Interpersonal Messages
Chapter 1 Foundations of Interpersonal Communication
Why Study Interpersonal Communication
The Nature of Interpersonal CommunicationThe Elements of Interpersonal Communication
Principles of Interpersonal Communication
Chapter 2 Culture and Interpersonal Communication
Culture and Interpersonal Communication Cultural Differences
Chapter 3 Perception and the Self in Interpersonal Communication
The Self in Interpersonal Communication
Perception in Interpersonal Communication
Impression Management: Goals and Strategies
Chapter 4 Listening in Interpersonal Communication
The Importance of Listening: Task and Relationship Benefits
The Stages of Listening
Styles of Listening Effectively
Listening, Culture, and Gender
Part Two. Interpersonal Messages in Context
Chapter 5 Verbal Messages
Principles of Verbal Messages
Confirmation and Disconfirmation Guidelines for Using Verbal Messages Effectively
Chapter 6 Nonverbal Messages
The Benefits of Effective Nonverbal Communication
The Functions of Nonverbal Messages
The Channels of Nonverbal Messages
Some Nonverbal Communication Skills
Chapter 7 Emotional Messages
Principles of Emotions and Emotional Messages
Obstacles in Communicating Emotions
Skills for Expressing Emotions
Learn to Handle Anger: A Special Case Illustration
Skills for Responding to the Emotions of Others
Chapter 8 Messages in Conversation
Principles of Conversation
Conversational Disclosure: Revealing Yourself
Chapter 9 Interpersonal Relationships
Advantages and Disadvantages of Interpersonal Relationships
The Dark Side of Interpersonal Relationships
Chapter 10 Interpersonal Relationship Types and Theories
Chapter 11 Interpersonal Conflict Management
What Is Interpersonal Conflict?
Principles of Interpersonal Conflict
Conflict Management Stages
Conflict Management Strategies