Your Interpersonal Communication: Nature/Nurture Intersections

Author(s): Timothy Mottet, Sally Vogl-Bauer, Marian Houser

Edition: 2

Copyright: 2018


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The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances; if there is any reaction, both are transformed. – Carl Jung

Your Interpersonal Communication: Nature/Nurture Intersections helps students better understand this “chemistry” by showing how an individual’s personality influences social style and interaction.

Your Interpersonal Communication provides students with the skills and knowledge they need to discover and understand their own personal needs to connect and interact with other people, and an appreciation for the uniqueness of other people’s communication personalities.

Featuring streamlined chapters, the NEW Second Edition of Your Interpersonal Communication includes access to an accompanying website with embedded learning outcomes, interactive personality assessments, practice test items, answer keys, and many more pedagogical features.

Your Interpersonal Communication by Timothy P. Mottet, Sally Vogl-Bauer, and Marian L. Houser offers features to help students discover their individual interpersonal communication styles:

  • Nature/Nurture Intersections of Interpersonal Communication help students understand why they act the way they act and say the things they say so they can improve their communication habits.
  • Assess Your Communication Personality vignettes encourage students to study themselves and their communication personalities and What Can I Do Now? boxes offer follow-up guidance after completing the assessments.
  • Gender/Sex, Culture/Diversity, Technology, and Personality topics are threaded throughout every chapter of the book - easily identified by the topic icons.
  • Ethics in Interpersonal Communication boxes present contemporary interpersonal communication situations with “questionable” ethics. The ethical questions that accompany each scenario will help students think about how their communication choices affect their relationships.



Understanding Your Interpersonal Communication
Defining Interpersonal Communication
Identifying Nature/Nurture Intersections of Interpersonal Communication
Valuing Interpersonal Communication
Characteristics of Interpersonal Communication
Interpersonal Communication Creates Meaning on Content and Relational Levels
Interpersonal Communication Occurs on an Impersonal-Intimate Continuum
Interpersonal Communication Is Irreversible and Unrepeatable
Personality and Interpersonal Communication
Understanding Your Personality
Connecting Personality, Communication, and Biology
Interpersonal Communication Motives
Gender, Culture, Technology, and Interpersonal Communication
Gender and Interpersonal Communication
Culture and Interpersonal Communication
Technology and Interpersonal Communication

Understanding the Self
Self-Concept and Self-Esteem Impact Your Communication
Enhancing Your Self-Concept and Self-Esteem
Understanding Communication Traits
Communication Apprehension
Socio-Communicative Orientation
Managing Your Identity
Identity Management Characteristics
Identity Management Nature/Nurture Influences
Identity Management Strategies

Understanding Your Perceptions
Defining Perception
Identifying Perception Stages
Explaining Perceptual Attributions
Influences On Your Perception of Others
Personality and Self
Social Influences
Cultural Influences
Inaccuracies in the Perception Process
Stereotyping and Prejudice Effects
Primacy and Recency Effects
Perceptual Filters and Biases
Enhancing Your Perceptual Accuracy
Attribution Errors
Avoiding Inaccurate Perceptions

Understanding Your Verbal Messages
Characteristics of Language
Power of Language
Examining Your Verbal Messages
Assessing and Managing Argumentativeness
Assessing and Managing Verbal Aggression
Influences on Your Verbal Messages
Sex Differences and Verbal Messages
Culture and Verbal Messages
Technology and Verbal Messages

Understanding Your Nonverbal Messages
Characteristics of Nonverbal Messages
Types of Nonverbal Messages
Functions of Nonverbal Messages
Examining Factors That Affect Nonverbal Messages
The Impact of Culture
The Impact of Sex Differences
The Impact of Technology
Assessing Your Nonverbal Messages
Perceived Nonverbal Immediacy and Personality
Touch Avoidance and Personality
Deception and Personality
Nonverbal Message Interpretation
Pleasure, Arousal, and Dominance Cues
Nonverbal Expectation ViolatioN
Nonverbal Guidelines for Enhanced Conversational Involvement

Examining Listening
Hearing: A Physiological Process
Listening: A Psychological Process
Combined Effects of Verbal and Nonverbal Messages on Listening
Assessing Personality and Listening Preferences
Listening Styles
Explanation of Listening Styles
Enhancing Your Listening Goals
Exploring Personality, Sex, and Listening Preference Differences
Identifying Listening Challenges and Improving Your Listening Skills
Common Listening Challenges
Strategies to Improve Your Listening Skills

Characteristics of Conflict
Conflict is Natural and Inevitable
Conflict is Constructive or Destructive
Conflict Types
How Messages Influence Conflict
Confirming Messages
Disconfirming Messages
Communication Climate
Factors that Influence Conflict Interactions
Personality and Conflict
Need for Power and Conflict
Technology and Conflict
Recognizing Your Conflict Management Style
Culture and Conflict Management Style
Sex and Conflict Management Style
Context and Conflict Management Style

Understanding Social Relationships
Loneliness and the Need to Belong
Cultural Influences
Personal Goals and Sex Differences
Theories Related to Relationship Formation
Nature/Nurture Influences on Relationship Formation
Personality Traits
Physical Appearance
Relational Dynamics
Choice and Circumstance
Power and Influence
Roles and Rules
Relational Development Processes
Coming Together-Coming Apart Stages
How Personality Factors Impact Relational Stages
Relational Maintenance

Understanding Self-Disclosure
Elements of Self-Disclosure
Alternatives to Self-Disclosure
Theories Related to Self-Disclosure
Your Self-Disclosure Skills
Nature/Nurture Influences on Self-Disclosure
Personality Traits
Sex/Gender Differences
Cultural Factors
Technology Usage
Maximizing Self-Disclosure to Reach Relational Goals
Relevance, Clarity, and Timing of Self-Disclosures
Degree of Risk Involved
Responding to Someone’s Self-Disclosure
Having Realistic Expectations
Understanding Intimacy
Factors Associated with Communicating Intimacy
Messages Regarding Prior Relational Histories
Love Styles, Personality, and Communicating Intimacy
Nature/Nurture Influences on Interpersonal Intimacy
Sex/Gender Differences
Cultural Factors
Technology Usage
Relational Communication Challenges
Distance and Relational Intimacy
Nonreciprocated Intimacy
Verbal and Physical Aggression in Intimate Relationships

Understanding Families
Spousal or Partner Relationships
Parent-Child Relationships
Sibling Relationships
Intergenerational Relationships
Theories Related to Family Communication
Nature/Nurture Influences on Family Communication
Personality and Sex/Gender Differences
Culture and Religion
Technology and Family Communication
Identifying Family Strengths and Enhancing Family Relationships
Understanding Friendships
Unique Features of Friendships
Nature/Nurture Influences on Friendships
Personality and Sex/Gender Differences
Lifespan and Cultural Considerations
Technology and Friendship Communication
Enhancing Friendships
Friendship Strengths

Understanding Communication In Your Workplace Relationships
Types of Workplace Relationships
Examining Communication In Your Workplace
Managing Your Workplace Relationship Challenges
Office Romances
Workplace Bullying
Work-Life Balance
Influences on Your Workplace Communication
Personality and Workplace Communication
Sex Differences and Workplace Communication
Cultural and Workplace Communication
Technology and Workplace Communication




Timothy Mottet

Dr. Timothy Mottet is the 15th president of Colorado State University Pueblo. He and his colleagues have developed a new and bold vision for CSU Pueblo, which is to become the people’s university for the State of Colorado and the Southwest United States. His work has been featured in Forbes magazine and supported by the U.S. Department of Education and the Colorado State University System Board of Governors.

Mottet is recognized for designing innovative learning and support systems that allow all students to be successful and that work to close the degree-attainment gaps among white, black and Latino students. He has a record of success in developing high-performing educators, designing and implementing strategic plans, and building consensus among diverse groups of individuals.

Dr. Mottet completed a year-long fellowship with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, a leadership development program, and has been featured as an educational trailblazer by the Center for Digital Education recognizing his ability to transform the education landscape through the use of digital tools.

Mottet has co-authored four books and published more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. His research examines the intersections of communication, personality, and cognition and their application to instructional, organizational, and interpersonal contexts.

Mottet has degrees from William Jewell College (BA), Boston University (MS), and West Virginia University (EdD). He and his spouse, Rick Gonzalez, enjoy entertaining friends, exploring the French Quarter in New Orleans, volunteering at animal shelters, collecting art, and scuba diving.

Sally Vogl-Bauer

Sally Vogl-Bauer is an associate professor and the Department Chairperson for the Department of Communications at the University of Southern Indiana. Prior to accepting her current position, she was a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Wisconsin—Whitewater (UWW) and the Dean of General Education and Academic Support at Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville, WI. In addition to being an award-winning teacher, Dr. Vogl-Bauer was recognized by the College of Arts and Communication at UWW for her research and service contributions. She has mentored numerous
junior faculty members and students, was one of the first Peer Coaches, a program designed to assist faculty and staff with their classroom instruction, as well as a mentor for the Scholar Mentors, a program designed to assist junior faculty in scholarly publishing, at UWW.

Dr. Vogl-Bauer is an active advocate for general education. She continues to be involved in learning and assessment practices and implementing the ideals of liberal education through the LEAP initiative (Learning Education and America’s Promise) adopted at UWW and across the country. On a personal note, Dr. Vogl-Bauer enjoys landscaping, home renovation, bargain hunting, watching professional football (especially the Green Bay Packers), hanging out with friends and family, and spending time with her husband and two beagles. If you have any questions for Dr. Vogl-Bauer, feel free to email her at

Marian Houser

Marian L. Houser is a professor in the Communication Studies Department at Texas State University. In addition to receiving numerous department and college teaching awards, Dr. Houser was the recipient of the Texas State University President’s Award for Scholarly and Creative Activities, the Eastern Communication Association’s Past-Presidents’ Award for her contributions to research and teaching, and recently named an Eastern Communication Association Research Fellow.

Dr. Houser’s primary research interest is in the area of communication in a variety of relationships, with a focus on teacher-student relationships (traditional vs. nontraditional students; face-to-face vs. electronic) and student learning and engagement indicators in the classroom. Her recent research on teachers’ classroom behaviors (teacher confirmation and teacher swearing) have been featured in national and international communication and higher education journals. Though Dr. Houser has published and/or presented over 70 research studies, she takes the great pride in the twenty-plus manuscripts she has published with her students.

When Dr. Houser is not researching or mentoring, she can be found relaxing, golfing, or scuba diving with her husband Steve. Her greatest joy is her time spent with her daughter Staci, son Drew, daughter-in-law Carri and new grandson Nash. If you have any questions for Dr. Houser, feel free to email her at

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