Close Encounters: Communication in Relationships

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Close Encounters: Communication in Relationships, Second Edition takes a relational approach to the study of interpersonal communication by focusing on issues that are central to describing and understanding close relationships. Although the primary focus is on communication research, this book emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of the study of personal relationships by including research from various disciplines such as social psychology and family studies. Organized using a developmental approach, the authors first look at initial interaction and relational escalation, then move on to issues related to maintaining intimate relationships, and finally focus on challenges relational partners face, including relationship endings.

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Índice

Definitions Principles and Relational Messages
1
The Social Self
21
Forces of Social Attraction
43
Coping With Uncertainty and Expectancy Violations
66
Initiating and Intensifying Relationships
90
The Turning Point Approach
105
Styles of Love and Attachment
115
The Closest Physical Encounter
140
Interdependence and Equity
211
Dominance and Influence in Relationships
233
Privacy and Secrets in Relationships
257
Relational Transgressions
281
When Relational Partners Disagree
306
Disengagement and Termination
330
References
19
Name Index
1

Intimacy Affection and Social Support
164
Maintaining Intimate Relationships
188

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Laura K. Guerrero has been at Arizona State since 1996 where she teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses on relational communication, nonverbal communication, statistics, and research methods. Her research focuses on communication in close relationships, emphasizing nonverbal messages, emotion, and the "dark” and “bright” sides of interpersonal communication. She is the co-author/co-editor of Nonverbal Communication in Close Relationships (Erlbaum), The Nonverbal Communication Reader, Third Edition (Waveland Press), Nonverbal Communication (Pearson), and the Handbook of Communication and Emotion (Academic Press).

Peter Andersen (PhD, Florida State University) is a professor at San Diego State University. The author of five books and more than 150 book chapters, research papers, and journal articles, he has received recognition as one of the 100 most published scholars in the field of communication.

Walid A. Afifi (PhD, University of Arizona) is professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he teaches interpersonal communication, relational communication, nonverbal communication, and social marketing. His research revolves around people’s experience of uncertainty and their decisions to seek or avoid information in relational contexts.

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