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Interpersonal Communication

Interpersonal Communication
Building Connections Together

Become a better communicator and keep the conversation going!

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Interpersonal Communication

February 2013 | 496 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

This text puts students at the center of studying interpersonal communication by shedding new light on their everyday interactions and relationships through an appliedse-study approach. With an emphasis on concepts and experiences relevant to students, this text considers in each chapter how media and technology affect the dynamics of relationships and self-expression. The authors also focus on diversity and developing cultural understanding through explorations in every chapter of how gender and culture help shape experiences of interpersonal communication.


Interactive pedagogical features throughout the text, including chapter opening self-assessments, text boxes, pop culture examples, narratives, and discussion questions, are designed to promote self-reflection and enhance students' skills to communicate interpersonally.

1. Interpersonal Communication: A First Look
2. The Impact of Self-Concept
3. Perception
4. Listening
5. Communicating with Words
6. Nonverbal Communication
7. Conversations
8. Emotions
9. Trust
10. Power and Influence
11. Conflict
12. Relationship Dynamics
13. Intimacy and Distance in Relationships
14. Relationships in Our Lives: Family, Work, and Health-Related Contexts

“Smart and rich content—a nice blend of fields, with an emphasis on what makes communication unique.” 

Kathleen Glenister Roberts
Duquesne University

“The ‘What Do You Know’ sections are excellent because they provide a framework for students to read the chapter. It helps them determine what is most important.”

Todd Lee Goen
Christopher Newport University

“I really like the ‘Try This’ [feature] because it provides instant ability for students to put into action what they are reading about in the text. Application is often the best way to learn so this is an awesome addition.”

Christa Tess Kalk
Minneapolis Community & Technical College

“The ‘Try This’ sections really seemed to spark some good discussion in the class. This allowed students to see their communication as effective or ineffective, appropriate or inappropriate, and allowed them to look inward. It gave them a chance to reflect on how/why they experience difficulties in relationships, and how they can better approach conflict.”

Lee Lavery
Ivy Tech Community College

“…so many opportunities to really engage learning throughout the chapter with reflection questions, application ideas, etc. Excellent!”

Christa Tess Kalk
Minneapolis Community & Technical College

“Strikes a never-before-seen balance between general education goals AND preparation for Communication majors (links to journal articles in Communication are a major plus).”

Kathleen Glenister Roberts
Duquesne University

“The text is user-friendly, seems to be geared toward an introductory student level, and offers real-life examples that promote understanding/application.”

Lee Lavery
Ivy Tech Community College

“The nonverbal chapter is the best I’ve seen.”

Todd Lee Goen
Christopher Newport University

Interpersonal communication is at the forefront of any discipline studied. This text allows the students to see how communication and the influence of media can be effective or ineffective and how they can move forward to resolving those situations in which conflict arises.

Miss Ella Rachael Malton
Department of Health & Social Studies, Grimsby Institute of HE & FE
May 19, 2016

Does not fit the needs of the leadership components of the course.

Dr Carmen Zafft
College of Engineering, Univ Of Nebraska-Lincoln
February 13, 2015

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ISBN: 9781452220130