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Interpersonal Communication : Relating to Others -Text Only

Interpersonal Communication : Relating to Others -Text Only - 4th edition

Interpersonal Communication : Relating to Others -Text Only - 4th edition

ISBN13: 9780205417926

ISBN10: 0205417922

Interpersonal Communication : Relating to Others -Text Only by Steven Beebe, Susan Beebe and Mark Redmond - ISBN 9780205417926
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 4TH 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
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Interpersonal Communication : Relating to Others -Text Only by Steven Beebe, Susan Beebe and Mark Redmond - ISBN 9780205417926

ISBN13: 9780205417926

ISBN10: 0205417922

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 4TH 05

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Interpersonal Communication offers a blend of theory and skills that students can use to become "other-oriented"--mindfully considerate of the thoughts, needs, and values of others.

Fueled by the authors' conviction that "skills inform principles; principles inform skills,"Interpersonal Communication: Relating to Others maintains a careful balance between theoretical and skills-oriented material. This book integrates a key emphasis on diversity with examples drawn from a variety of age and ethnic groups and special boxes that focus on gender and diversity issues. A chapter on intercultural communication supplements this integral material by relating it to the "other-oriented" approach.


  • A skills/principles blend helps students to become competent and knowledgeable communicators and to make informed choices about their communication with others.
    • "Building Your Skills" exercises promote immediate interactive learning of concepts and skills.
  • Research conclusions about interpersonal communication are integrated in every chapter and discuss recent research observations from communication scholars.
    • Strong coverage of diversity and sensitivity to others are featured in "Understanding Diversity" boxes, a chapter on diversity (Ch. 4), and discussions of diverse issues integrated throughout the text.
  • An emphasis on relationships links communication skills with principles that explain and predict how relationships begin, develop, and sometimes decline.
    • A lively and interesting writing style makes use of stories, quotations, cartoons, illustrations, media, poetry, and art to support teaching and to extend information presented in the book.
  • Helpful pedagogical features include chapter objectives; margin definitions; Recaps (section summaries); chapter summaries; end-of-chapter questions focusing on comprehension, critical thinking, and ethics; end-of-chapter activities; journal activities, and weblinks.
    • Discussion throughout the text on the role the Internet plays in building and maintaining interpersonal relationships, a section in Ch. 12 called "Interpersonal Communication on the Internet," and lists of helpful Weblinks all build on the book's message that technology influences interpersonal relationships.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


1. Introduction to Interpersonal Communication.

Defining Interpersonal Communication.
The Importance of Interpersonal Communication to Our Lives.
An Evolving Model for Interpersonal Communication.
Mediated Interpersonal Communication: A New Frontier.
Principles of Interpersonal Communication.
Interpersonal Communication Myths.
How to Improve Your Own Interpersonal Communication Competence.

2. Interpersonal Communication and Self.

Self Concept: Who Are You?
Self-Esteem: Your Self Worth.
How to Improve Your Self Esteem.
How Self-Concept and Self-Esteem Affect Interpersonal Communication and Relationships.
Self Disclosure: Connecting Self to Others Through Talk.
Understanding How We Learn about Ourselves from Others: The Johari Window Model of Self-Disclosure.
Characteristics of Self-Disclosure.

3. Interpersonal Communication and Perception.

Understanding Interpersonal Perception.
Perception and Interpersonal Communication.
Perceiving Others.
Identifying Barriers to Accurate Perception.
Improving Your Perception Skills.

4. Interpersonal Communication and Cultural Diversity: Adapting to Others.

The Nature of Culture.
Barriers to Effective Intercultural Communication.
Improving Intercultural Competence.


5. Listening and Responding Skills.

Listening Defined.
Listening Styles.
Listening Barriers.
Listener Apprehension.
Improving Listening, Comprehension, and Responding Skills.
Improving Empathic Listening and Responding Skills.
Responding to Confirm or Disconfirm Others.
Improving Critical Listening and Responding Skills.
Improving Your Responding Skills.

6. Verbal Communication Skills.

Understanding How Words Work.
Recognizing the Power of Words.
Avoiding Word Barriers.
Using Words to Establish Supportive Relationships.
Using Words to Be Appropriately Assertive.

7. Nonverbal Communication Skills.

Why Learn about Nonverbal Communication?
The Challenge of Interpreting Nonverbal Messages.
Nonverbal Communication Codes.
Interpreting Nonverbal Communication.
Improving Your Ability to Interpret Nonverbal Messages.

8. Conflict Management Skills.

What Is Conflict?
Myths about Conflict.
Types of Conflict.
Conflict as a Process.
Conflict Management Styles.
Conflict Management Skills.


9. Understanding Interpersonal Relationships.

An Interpersonal Relationship as a System and a Process.
Relationships of Circumstance and Relationships of Choice.
Intimacy and Attraction in Relationships.
Interpersonal Power in Relationships.
Relationships with Friends, Lovers, and Family.

10. Developing Interpersonal Relationships.

Stages of Interpersonal Relationships.
Interpersonal Relationship Development Theories.
Strategies and Skill for Developing Interpersonal Relationships.

11. Managing Relationship Challenges.

Relationship Challenges.
The Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication in Relationships.
Relational De-Escalation and Termination.

12. Interpersonal Relationships at Home, on the Internet, and at Work.

Interpersonal Relationships at Home.
Interpersonal Communication on the Internet.
Interpersonal Relationships at Work.

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