Whether it is with our roommates, our romantic partners, or our parents, we are constantly experiencing how communication behavior affects our relationships. Interpersonal Communication and Human Relationships discusses the processes and principles of interpersonal communication in the context of developing relationships – it introduces interpersonal communication concepts and theories by examining the way people communicate in their relationships with others.
This edition of Mark Knapp, Anita Vangelisti, and John Caughlin’s Interpersonal Communication and Human Relationships features:
- A new color interior, and includes new pedagogical elements such as Key Terms, a Running Glossary, and Learning Outcomes.
- Expanded coverage of social media and new communication technologies.
- Increased coverage of cross-sex friendships; and additional information about affectionate communication and health in relationships.
- New information about the phenomenon of “on-again/off-again” relationships; and a thorough discussion of when people might be better off avoiding communication in their relationships.
About the Authors
Part I Human Communication in Developing Relationships
Chapter 1 Communication: The Lifeblood of Relationships
Five Important Misconceptions About Communication in Relationships
How Communication Changes as Our Relationships Develop
Dimensions of Communication: Patterns and Variations
Chapter 2 Stages of Coming Together and Coming Apart
Types of Relationships
A Model of Interaction Stages in Relationships
Movement: In, Out, and Around Stages
Part II Factors Affecting Human Communication Behavior in Relationships
Chapter 3 The Nature of the Communicators
The Influence of Interpersonal Needs
The Role of Interpersonal Needs
Analyzing Our Own Needs and Those of Others
Interpersonal Needs Across the Lifespan
Interpersonal Needs of Women and Men
Chapter 4 The Communication Environment: Cultural and Physical
The Influence of the Cultural Environment
The Influence of the Immediate Physical Environment or Setting
The Influence of New Media and Communication Technologies
Part III Interaction Patterns for Coming Together
Chapter 5 The Genesis of Dialogue
Sizing Up the Other Person
The Many Faces of Attraction
Chapter 6 Interaction Rituals
The Rhetoric of Hello
Forms of Address
Chapter 7 The Foundations of Intimate Dialogue
Types of Love
Liking Versus Loving
Love Versus Friendship
Intimacy and Close Relationships
Foundations of Intimacy
Part IV Interaction Patterns and the Maintenance of Relationships
Chapter 8 Maintaining Relationships Through Dialogue: Disclosures, Lies, and Fights
Self-Disclosure, Confidentiality, and Trust
Chapter 9 Maintaining Relationships Through Dialogue: Commitment and Intimacy
Commitment and Commitment Talk
Giving Compliments and Gifts
Giving Comfort and Advice
Intimacy Without Words
Part V Interaction Patterns for Coming Apart
Chapter 10 Communication and the Process of Relationship Disengagement
Communication During Relationship Decay: Return of the Stranger
Chapter 11 The Dialogue of Distance and De-escalation
Some Potentially Destructive Patterns of Communication: An Interpersonal Chamber of Horrors
Part VI Toward More Effective Communication in Relationships
Chapter 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
Mark L. Knapp (PhD, Pennsylvania State University) is the Jesse H. Jones Centennial Professor Emeritus in Communication and Distinguished. Teaching Professor Emeritus at The University of Texas at Austin. He co-edited the Handbook of Interpersonal Communication and The Interplay of Truth and Deception. In addition to authoring and then co-authoring Lying and Deception in Human Interaction, he co-authored Nonverbal Communication in Human Interaction and Interpersonal Communication in Human Relationships. He is past president and fellow of the International Communication Association and past president and distinguished scholar of the National Communication Association.
Anita L. Vangelisti is the Jesse H. Jones Centennial Professor of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work focuses on communication and emotion in close, personal relationships. She has published numerous articles and chapters as well as several books including The Routledge Handbook of Family Communication, The Cambridge Handbook of Personal Relationships, and Hurt Feelings in Close Relationships. Vangelisti has served on the editorial boards of over a dozen scholarly journals. She is a Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association, a Fellow of the International Communication Association, and served as President of the International Association for Relationship Research. Vangelisti has received awards for her work from the National Communication Association, the International Society for the Study of Personal Relationships, and the International
Association for Relationship Research.
John P. Caughlin (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1997) is Professor and Head in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois. His research focuses on effective face-to-face and mediated communication in relationship, family, and health contexts. He has co-authored or co-edited two books and more than 75 journal articles and book chapters. He has served as the Executive Officer of the Campus Research Board at Illinois. He is a past Associate Editor for the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, has been a member of 14 editorial boards, and is currently one of the General Editors for a book series at Cambridge University Press. He is a Fellow of the International Association for Relationship Research, a Fellow of the International Communication Association, and he has received the Bernard Brommel Award for Outstanding Scholarship or Distinguished Service in Family Communication from the National Communication Association.