What is included with this book?
The Dark Side of Close Relationships II sheds light on the paradoxical, dialectical, and mystifying facets of interpersonal relationships. This volume showcases completely new work, moving forward from the unique contributions of the 1998 volume.
This collection includes cutting-edge work on important topics in relationship studies, written by prominent scholars in a variety of disciplines. It sheds light on the paradoxical, dialectical, and mystifying facets of human interaction, not merely to elucidate dysfunctional relationship phenomena, but to help readers explore and understand it in relation to a broader understanding about relationships.
As previous Dark Side investigations have revealed, negative or dysfunctional outcomes can occur in relationships even though positive and functional ones are expected, and at the same time, positive silver linings are often found in some dark relational clouds. Such nuanced approaches are needed to better account for the complexity of close relationships. A unique and provocative collection, this volume will appeal to relationship researchers in communication, social psychology, family studies, and sociology.
|Notes on Contributors||p. xiii|
|Overview of the Dark Side of Relationships Research||p. 1|
|May-December Paradoxes: An Exploration of Age-Cap Relationships in Western Society||p. 39|
|Fairytales and Tragedies: Narratively Making Sense of the Dark Side (and the Dark Side of Making Sense) of Personal Relationships||p. 63|
|Dark Sides of Computer-Mediated Communication||p. 95|
|Internet Matching Services: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Disguised as Attractive)||p. 119|
|Affectionate Communication is Good, Except When it Isn't: On the Dark Side of Expressing Affection||p. 145|
|Infidelity: When, Where, Why||p. 175|
|Relational Turbulence: What Doesn't Kill Us Makes Us Stronger||p. 197|
|In-Laws or Outlaws: The Dark and the Bright in In-Law Relationships||p. 217|
|Dark Clouds with Silver Linings: The (Dys)Functional Ambivalence of Stepfamily Relationships||p. 243|
|Women's Relationships with Incarcerated Men||p. 269|
|The Meaning of Girls' Social Aggression: Nasty or Mastery?||p. 297|
|Intimate Partner Violence and Aggression: Seeing the Light in a Dark Place||p. 327|
|Narcissism and Relationships: From Light to Dark||p. 381|
|Living Single: Lightening Up those Dark, Dopey Myths||p. 409|
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