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Interpersonal Communication Relating to Others
Steven A. Beebe Texas State University
Susan J. Beebe Texas State University
Mark V. Redmond Iowa State University
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Preface viii About the Authors xviii
PART 1 Interpersonal Communication Foundation 1
1 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication 1
Interpersonal Communication Defined 3 Interpersonal Communication Is a Distinctive Form of Communication 3 Interpersonal Communication Involves Mutual Influence Between Individuals 4 Interpersonal Communication Helps Individuals Manage Their Relationships 5
Interpersonal Communication’s Importance to Your Life 6 Improved Relationships with Family 6 Improved Relationships with Friends and Romantic Partners 6 Improved Relationships with Colleagues 6 Improved Physical and Emotional Health 7
Interpersonal Communication and the Communication Process 7
Components of the Communication Process 7 Models of the Communication Process 8
Interpersonal Communication Principles 11 Interpersonal Communication Connects Us to Others 11 Interpersonal Communication Is Irreversible 11 Interpersonal Communication Is Complicated 12 Interpersonal Communication Is Governed by Rules 13 Interpersonal Communication Involves Both Content and Relationship Dimensions 14
Interpersonal Communication and Social Media 15 The Presence of Social Media in Our Relationships 16 The Effect of Social Media on Our Relationships 16 Differences Between EMC and Face-to-Face Communication 19 Understanding EMC 21
Interpersonal Communication Competence 24 Become Knowledgeable, Skilled, and Motivated 25 Become Other-Oriented 25
Study Guide: Review, Apply, and Assess 28
2 Interpersonal Communication and Self 30
Self-Concept: Who You Think You Are 31 Attitudes, Beliefs, and Values Reflect Your Self-Concept 32
Mindfulness: Being Consciously Aware 33 One or Many Selves? 34 How Your Self-Concept Develops 36
Self-Esteem: Your Self-Worth 42
Facework: Presenting Your Self-Image to Others 43 Projecting Your Face 44 Protecting Others’ Face 45
How to Improve Your Self-Esteem 46 Engage in Self-Talk 46 Visualize a Positive Image of Yourself 47 Avoid Comparing Yourself with Others 47 Reframe Appropriately 48 Develop Honest Relationships 48 Let Go of the Past 48 Seek Support 48
Self and Interpersonal Relationships 49 Self and Interaction with Others 49 Self and Your Future 50 Self and Interpretation of Messages 51 Self and Interpersonal Needs 52 Self and Disclosure to Others 52 Self and Communication Social Style 55
Study Guide: Review, Apply, and Assess 58
3 Interpersonal Communication and Perception 60
Understanding Interpersonal Perception 61 Stage 1: Selecting 61 Stage 2: Organizing 63 Stage 3: Interpreting 64
Forming Impressions of Others 65 We Develop Our Own Theories About Others 65 We Seek Information to Reduce Uncertainty 66 We Form Impressions of Others Online: The Social Media Effect 67 We Emphasize What Comes First: The Primacy Effect 67 We Emphasize What Comes Last: The Recency Effect 68 We Attribute Positive Qualities to Others: The Halo Effect 68 We Attribute Negative Qualities to Others: The Horn Effect 68
Interpreting the Behavior of Others 69 We Attribute Motives to Others’ Behavior: Attribution Theory 69 We Use Our Own Point of Reference About Power: Standpoint Theory 70 We Draw on Our Own Cultural Background: Intercultural Communication Theory 70
Identifying Barriers to Accurate Interpersonal Perception 72
We Stereotype 73 We Ignore Information 74 We Impose Consistency 75 We Focus on the Negative 75 We Blame Others, Assuming They Have Control 75 We Avoid Responsibility 76
Improving Interpersonal Perception Skills 77 Be Aware of Your Personal Perception Barriers 77 Be Mindful of the Behaviors That Create Meaning for You 78 Link Details with the Big Picture 78 Become Aware of Others’ Perceptions of You 78 Check Your Perceptions 79 Become Other-Oriented 79
Study Guide: Review, Apply, and Assess 81
4 Interpersonal Communication and Diversity: Adapting to Others 83
Understanding Diversity: Describing Differences 84 Sex and Gender 85 Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity 86 Race and Ethnicity 88 Age 89 Social Class 91
Understanding Culture: Our Mental Software 91 Individualism: One and Many 93 Context: High and Low 93 Gender: Masculine and Feminine 94 Uncertainty: High and Low Tolerance 94 Power: Centralized and Decentralized 95 Time: Short-Term and Long-Term 95 Happiness: Indulgent and Restrained 95
Barriers to Effective Intercultural Communication 96 Ethnocentrism 97 Different Communication Codes 99 Stereotyping and Prejudice 99 Assuming Similarities 100 Assuming Differences 101
Improving Intercultural Communication Competence 102 Develop Knowledge 104 Develop Motivation: Strategies to Accept Others 106 Develop Skill 107
Study Guide: Review, Apply, and Assess 113
PART 2 Interpersonal Communication Skills 115
5 Listening and Responding Skills 115 Listening Defined 117
Selecting 117 Attending 118
Understanding 118 Remembering 118 Responding 119
Listening Styles 119 Relational Listening Style 119 Analytical Listening Style 119 Critical Listening Style 120 Task-Oriented Listening Style 120 Gender and Listening Style 120 Benefits of Understanding Your Listening Style 121
Listening Barriers 122 Being Self-Absorbed 123 Unchecked Emotions 123 Criticizing the Speaker 124 Differing Speech Rate and Thought Rate 124 Information Overload 124 External Noise 125 Listener Apprehension 125
Listening Skills 126 How to Improve Listening Comprehension Skills 126 How to Improve Empathic Listening Skills 129 How to Improve Critical Listening Skills 134
Responding Skills 135 How to Improve Accurate Responding Skills 135 How to Improve Empathic Responding Skills 137
Confirmation Skills 141 How to Provide Confirming Responses 142 How to Avoid Disconfirming Responses 143
Study Guide: Review, Apply, and Assess 145
6 Verbal Communication Skills 147 How Words Work 148
Words Are Symbols 148 Words Become Words for a Variety of Reasons 150 Words Are Culture-Bound 151
The Power of Words 152 Words Create Perceptions 152 Words Influence Thoughts 153 Words Influence Actions 154 Words Affect and Reflect Culture 154 Words Make and Break Relationships 155 Clues to Our Relationships Are Found in Our Word Choice 155 Clues to Our Relationships Are Found in What We Don’t Say 156 Clues to Our Online Relationships Are Found in Our Tweets, Texts, and Posts 157
How to Manage Misunderstandings 157 Be Aware of Missed Meaning 157 Be Clear 158 Be Specific 159 Be Aware of Changes in Meaning 160 Be Aware of Polarizing Either-Or Extremes 161 Be Unbiased 161
How to Use Words of Support and Comfort 165 Describe Your Feelings, Rather Than Evaluate Behavior 166 Solve Problems Rather Than Attempt to Control 168 Be Genuine Rather Than Manipulative 168 Empathize Rather Than Remain Detached 169 Be Flexible Rather Than Rigid 169 Present Yourself as Equal Rather Than Superior 169
How to Have a Conversation 170 Starting a Conversation 171 Sustaining a Conversation 171
How to Apologize 172
How to Be Assertive 173 Describe 174 Disclose 174 Identify Effects 174 Be Silent 176 Paraphrase 176
Study Guide: Review, Apply, and Assess 177
7 Nonverbal Communication Skills 180 Identifying the Importance of Nonverbal Communication 181
Nonverbal Messages Are the Primary Way We Communicate Our Feelings and Attitudes 181 Nonverbal Messages Are Usually More Believable Than Verbal Messages 182 Nonverbal Messages Work with Verbal Messages to Create Meaning 183 Nonverbal Messages Help People Respond and Adapt to Others 183 Nonverbal Messages Play a Major Role in Interpersonal Relationships 184
Understanding Nonverbal Communication Codes 185 Body Movement and Posture 185 Eye Contact 188 Facial Expression 188 Vocal Cues 190 Our Vocal Cues Provide Clues about Our Relationships 191 Space 193 Territory 194 Touch 195 Appearance 198
Improving Your Skill in Interpreting Nonverbal Messages 198
Look for Dimensions of Meaning in Nonverbal Messages 198 Use Effective Strategies for Interpreting Nonverbal Messages 201 Be Aware of Limitations When Interpreting Nonverbal Messages 205
Improving Your Skill in Expressing Nonverbal Messages 206
Be Mindful of Your Nonverbal Behavior 206
Observe Others’ Reactions to Your Nonverbal Behavior 206 Ask Others About Your Nonverbal Behavior 207 Practice Your Nonverbal Behavior 207
Study Guide: Review, Apply, and Assess 208
8 Conflict Management Skills 210 Conflict Defined 211
Conflict Elements 211 Conflict Triggers 213 Conflict as a Process 215
Conflict Misconceptions 217 Misconception 1: Conflict Is Always a Sign of a Poor Interpersonal Relationship 217 Misconception 2: Conflict Can Always Be Avoided 217 Misconception 3: Conflict Always Occurs Because of Misunderstandings 218 Misconception 4: Conflict Can Always Be Resolved 218
Conflict Types 218 Pseudoconflict: Misunderstandings 218 Simple Conflict: Different Positions on the Issues 219 Ego Conflict: Conflict Gets Personal 219
Conflict and Power 220 Power Principles 221 Power Sources 222 Power to Persuade 222 Power Negotiation 224
Conflict Management Styles 224 Avoidance 225 Accommodation 226 Competition 227 Compromise 228 Collaboration 228 What Is the Best Conflict Management Style? 229
Conflict Management Skills 231 Manage Your Emotions 231 Manage Information 234 Manage Goals 236 Manage the Problem 237
Study Guide: Review, Apply, and Assess 240
PART 3 Interpersonal Communication in Relationships 243
9 Understanding Interpersonal Relationships 243
Interpersonal Relationships Defined 244 Shared Perception 244 Ongoing Interdependent Connection 245 Relational Expectations 245 Interpersonal Intimacy and Affection 246 Circumstance or Choice 247 Power 247
Genesis of Interpersonal Relationships: Attraction 248
Communication and Attraction 249 Sources of Initial Attraction 249 Sources of Both Initial and Long-Term Attraction 250
Stages of Interpersonal Relationship Development 253
Relational Escalation 253 Relational De-Escalation 255 Principles Underlying Relational Stages 256
Theories of Interpersonal Relationship Development 258
Social Exchange Theory 258 Relational Dialectics Theory 260 Self-Disclosure and Social Penetration Theory 262
Study Guide: Review, Apply, and Assess 268
10 Managing Relationship Challenges and the Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication and Relationships 270
When Relationship Expectations Are Violated 271 Understanding Relational Expectations and Violations 271 Responding with Discussion 272 Responding with Forgiveness 274 Examining a Model of Forgiveness Responses 275 Responding with Retaliation 276
Maintaining Long-Distance Relationships (LDRs) and Relationships that Challenge Social Norms 276
Maintaining Long-Distance Relationships (LDRs) 276 Relationships That Challenge Social Norms 278
Addressing Grief and Delivering Bad News 279
The Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication 280 Deception 280 Communication That Hurts Feelings 284
The Dark Side of Interpersonal Relationships 285
Jealousy 285 Serial Argument and Verbal Aggression 287 Relational Turbulence 287 Unwanted Attention 288
Interpersonal Relationship De-Escalation and Termination 291
Signs of Relationship Problems 291 Repair and Rejuvenation 291 The Decision to End a Relationship 292 How Relationships End 293 Reasons for De-Escalating and Terminating 294 The Relational Dissolution Process 295 Strategies for Ending Relationships 297
Study Guide: Review, Apply, and Assess 300
11 Interpersonal Relationships: Friendship and Romance 302
Friendship 303 Making Friends 305 Friendships at Different Stages in Life 305 Same-Sex Friendships 308 Cross-Sex Friendships 309 Diverse Friendships 310
Romantic Relationships 312 Qualities of Romantic Relationships 313 From Friendship to Romance 317 Dating 318 Unrequited Romantic Interest (URI) 321
Interpersonal Relationship Strategies 323 Strategies Used Primarily to Initiate a Relationship 323 Strategies Used to Initiate and/or Escalate Relationships 324 Strategies Used to Escalate and/or Maintain Relationships 327
Study Guide: Review, Apply, and Assess 332
12 Interpersonal Relationships: Family and Workplace 334
Family Relationships: Definition, Models, and Strategies for Improvement 335
Family Defined 335 Family Types with Children 336 Two Models of Family Interaction 339 Strategies for Improving Family Communication 343
Specific Family Relationships: Committed Partners, Parents and Children, and Siblings 346
Committed Partners 346 Parents and Children 348 Parents and Adult Children 350 Siblings 350
Informal Workplace Relationships: Friendship and Romance 353
Workplace Friendships 353 Workplace Romances 356
The Directions of Workplace Communication 359 Upward Communication: Talking with Your Boss 359 Downward Communication: Talking with Your Subordinates 361 Horizontal Communication: Talking with Your Colleagues 363 Outward Communication: Talking with Your Customers 363
The Dark Side of Workplace Communication 363
Study Guide: Review, Apply, and Assess 366
Notes 368 Glossary 399 Index 405 Text Credits 414
Relating to Diverse Others The World Is Here 10 The “Golden Rule”: Is Being Other-Oriented
a Universal Value? 35 The Power of Being Other-Oriented 71 A Diversity Almanac 85 Tao: A Universal Moral Code 107 Social Support Preferences Based on
Sex Differences and Sexual Orientation 141 Do Men and Women Speak the Same Language? 163 Cultural and Gender Differences in Interpreting
Nonverbal Messages 196 How Sex and Gender Differences Can Influence
Conflict and Power 223 Cultural Differences in Self-Disclosure 264 Responses to Relationship Challenges 292 Female and Male Dating Roles 320 Male–Female Communication in the Workplace 358 Intercultural Bargaining and Deal-Making 362
Communication and Emotion The Role of Emotions in Our Relationships
with Others 18 Self and Emotion: How We Influence How We Feel 41 How to Perceive the Emotions of Others
More Accurately 79 Are Human Emotions Universal? 103 What’s Your Emotional Intelligence Level
and Why Does It Matter? 132 The Timing of Saying “I Love You”: After You.
No, After You. 168 How to Accurately Interpret the Nonverbal
Expression of Emotions 192 Do You Know What Your “Hot Buttons” Are? 214 Assessing Your Emotional Responses
to Relationship Challenges 298 Emotions at Home 351
Improving Your Communication Skills Practice Being Other-Oriented 26 Who Are You? 31 What’s Your Communication Social Style? 56 Assuming the Best or the Worst About Others:
Identifying Alternative Explanations 76 Identifying and Adapting to Cultural Rules
and Norms 111 “I Know You Think You Understand What You
Thought I Said, But I’m Not Sure You Realize That What You Heard is Not What I Meant.” 128
Practice Using I Language and Extended I Language 167 How to Express Your Emotions to Others 175 Practicing Nonverbal Perception Checking 203 Dealing with Prickly People 237 Graphing Your Relationship Changes 255 Self-Disclosure as a Dance 266 Responding to Transgressions 276 Friends with a Difference 278 Relational Turbulence 288 Initiating Relationships 327 Identifying Your Family System 341 Other-Orientation at Home and Work 355
#communicationandsocialmedia Always On 17 Comparing Your “Cyber Self” and Your
“Realspace Self” 39 How to Use Social Media to Promote a Positive
Perception of Yourself: Your Employer or a Prospective Employer May Be Watching 74
Relating to Others Online in Intercultural Relationships 97
Being “Listened to” by Our Facebook Friends 130 Verbally Relating to Others Online 176 Saying It Without Saying It Online 197 Conflict Happens 229 Do Smartphones Threaten Your Autonomy? 261 Cyberstalking, Cyberbullying, and Partner
Surveillance 290 Friendship, Romance, and the Internet 322 Networked Families 349 Networked Workers 360
Applying an Other-Orientation Being a Competent Interpersonal
Communicator 28 Self and Interpersonal Communication 58 Interpersonal Perception 80 The Platinum Rule 112 Listening and Responding Skills 144 Enhancing Your Verbal Skills 177 Nonverbal Communication 207 Conflict Management 240 Understanding Interpersonal Relationships 268 Relationship Challenges 299 Friends and Romantic Partners 332 Family and Workplace Relationships 366
T he world does not revolve around you. This unpro- found observation has profound implications for the study of interpersonal communication: At the
heart of quality interpersonal relationships is an emphasis on others. A focus on others rather than on oneself has been the hallmark of most volunteer, community, and faith movements in the world for millennia. Yet this text is not about religion or philosophy. It’s about how to enhance the quality of your interpersonal communication with others. The importance of being other-oriented was the founda- tion of the first eight well-received editions of Interpersonal Communication: Relating to Others, and it continues to be the central theme of the ninth edition.
Revel™ Revel is an interactive learning environment that deeply engages students and prepares them for class. Media and assessment integrated directly within the authors’ narra- tive lets students read, explore interactive content, and practice in one continuous learning path. Thanks to the dynamic reading experience in Revel, students come to class prepared to discuss, apply, and learn from instructors and from each other. Learn more about Revel www.pearson.com/revel
Special Features in Revel for Communication Students Revel is a dynamic learning experience that offers students a way to study the content and topics relevant to communica- tion in a whole new way. Rather than simply offering op- portunities to read about and study interpersonal communi- cation, Revel facilitates deep, engaging interactions with the concepts that matter most. For example, in Chapter 5, stu- dents are presented with a self-assessment that scores their skill in empathizing with others, allowing them to examine their level of empathy and consider how they could improve on it. Interactive text and figures on topics like “What You Do with Your Communication Time” are designed to cap- ture student’s attention and engage them in the text. In addi- tion, students are presented with video examples throughout the book on topics like gender-inclusive language, personal growth and assertiveness, how to give feedback, and what attracts people to one another. A wealth of student and in- structor resources and interactive materials can be found within Revel. Some of our favorites include the following:
• Module Audio and Audio Excerpts With an Internet connection, students can listen to audio of the entire book while on the go. In addition, audio
excerpts bring examples to life in a way that a printed text cannot. Throughout the book, dialogue excerpts highlight effective as well as ineffective ways to com- municate. These audio examples reinforce learning by increasing student comprehension and engagement.
• Self-Assessments Self-assessment instruments allow students to ana- lyze their own communication styles, enabling them to learn and grow over the duration of the course. Self-assessments are offered on a variety of topics, such as testing your empathy and strategies for improving intercultural competence.
• Videos and Video Self-Checks Videos on topics such as listening, electronically medi- ated communication, perception barriers, understand- ing diversity, nonverbal messages, and conflict appear throughout the product to boost mastery of these essential concepts. These engaging videos enhance existing content and most are bundled with correlating self-checks (in the form of multiple-choice questions), enabling students to test their knowledge. For exam- ple, the following video self-check, “Listening,” which appears in Chapter 5, provides an overview of listening styles, the stages of listening, and listening barriers.
• Interactive Figures These interactive figures are designed to engage and help students understand hard-to-grasp concepts, such as the model of communication as transaction, through
interactive visualizations. For example, students can interact with Figure 1.3 (A Model of Communication as Transaction) by clicking the “next” and “previous” but- tons to reveal each element of the model one step at a time.
• Integrated Writing Opportunities To help students connect chapter content with per- sonal meaning, each chapter offers two varieties of writing prompts: (1) the Journal prompt, which elicits free-form, topic-specific responses addressing content at the module level, and (2) the Shared Writing prompt, which encourages students to share and respond to one another’s brief responses to high-interest topics in the chapter. Most of the journal prompts, which appear in every module, help students make connections between interpersonal communication topics and their own experiences. At the end of each chapter, a Shared Writing prompt allows students to see and respond to their classmates’ comments, thereby facilitating dis- cussion online as well as in the classroom. Instructors have access to students’ responses to these writing activities and can also assign them as homework.
For more information about the tools and resources in Revel and access to your own Revel account for Interper- sonal Communication: Relating to Others, Ninth Edition, go to www.pearson.com/revel.
What’s New in the Ninth Edition With this revision, we have worked to retain the strengths that readers value most—an easily accessible style, our other-oriented approach, and a balance of theory and skills. We have also enhanced the strengths of the inter- active elements in Revel that resonate so much with stu- dents and instructors. This new edition adds fresh ex- amples and new research throughout. A new feature box, #communicationandsocialmedia, appears in each chapter that focuses on how social media is changing how we re- late to and interact with others. For example, in Chapter 1 the feature highlights how being constantly connected to others via some electronic means can impact our lives and in Chapter 2, students are encouraged to consider and
compare their “cyber” and “realspace” selves. Throughout Revel you will find new videos with video self-checks, new Journal prompts, and new activities on contemporary topics. These new interactive elements in Revel provide a robust and fully immersive experience for students as they study interpersonal communication in a multimedia environment.
Chapter Updates: New Content and Research Here are some more reasons to give this new edition a close look.
• Chapter 1, “Introduction to Interpersonal Communi- cation,” presents new research on how texting and social media can influence relationships and how the visible presence of a smartphone can diminish the quality of conversation. New material has been added on the effect of social media on our relationships. In Revel, a new animated video provides an overview of the three interpersonal communication models dis- cussed in the text and also presents the five principles of interpersonal communication. An accompanying video self-check reinforces these hard-to-grasp con- cepts by testing students on their knowledge of the models and principles covered in the chapter.
• Chapter 2, “Interpersonal Communication and Self,” features a new discussion about how we judge the cred- ibility of social media self-disclosures. The chapter also includes new research on attachment styles, compulsive Internet use, and self-disclosure among couples. A new animated video in Revel helps students understand the components of the self-concept and intrapersonal com- munication. Another video from Sky News explores how and why some schools in the United Kingdom are of- fering confidence classes. After watching these videos, students can test their knowledge of these topics by an- swering self-check questions. Almost all of the Recap boxes, which periodically summarize key concepts and terms, are interactive in Revel so students can review the material they just read and then check their knowledge so they can confidently move on to the next topic.
• Chapter 3, “Interpersonal Communication and Percep- tion,” contains a new #communicationandsocialmedia box that discusses how to use social media to promote a positive perception of yourself. New content on the ways we seek information to reduce uncertainty has been added to the chapter. We have also included new material on the social identity model of deindividua- tion effects (SIDE). A new Journal prompt in Revel on the fundamental attribution error asks students to con- sider and write about a situation where they blamed someone for something they later found out was out of
his or her control. In Revel, Figure 3.1 is an interactive multimedia gallery that highlights how we organize our world by creating categories, linking together the categories we have created, and then seeking closure by filling in any missing gaps in what we perceive.
• Chapter 4, “Interpersonal Communication and Diver- sity: Adapting to Others,” includes an expanded and updated discussion of sex and gender. As the updated data highlighted in the Relating to Diverse Others fea- ture box in this chapter indicates, the United States con- tinues to become increasingly diverse. With these new statistics in mind, we’ve added material on race and eth- nicity, as well as sexual orientation and gender identity. Revel also features a new video with an accompanying self-check that discusses diversity of gender, sexual ori- entation, ethnicity, race, and age. The authors have also included more research on post millennials (sometimes called Generation Z or the iGeneration), and …
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