9780415804585

The Dark Side of Close Relationships II

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415804585

  • ISBN10:

    0415804582

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 8/30/2010
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

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.

Author Biography

William R. Cupach received his Ph.D. in Communication Arts Sciences from the University of Southern California. Currently he is Professor of Communication at Illinois State University. In addition to numerous monographs and journal articles, he has co-authored or co-edited 12 books. He previously served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships and is a past President of the International Association for Relationship Research. Brian H. Spitzberg received his Ph.D. in Communication Arts Sciences from the University of Southern California. He is now a Professor in the School of Communication at San Diego State University. He has conducted extensive research on topics related to interpersonal communication skills and competence. He has published numerous scholarly articles and chapters, as well as co-authoring or co-editing the previous four editions related to me dark side and two books on interpersonal competence.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Notes on Contributorsp. xiii
Overview of the Dark Side of Relationships Researchp. 1
May-December Paradoxes: An Exploration of Age-Cap Relationships in Western Societyp. 39
Fairytales and Tragedies: Narratively Making Sense of the Dark Side (and the Dark Side of Making Sense) of Personal Relationshipsp. 63
Dark Sides of Computer-Mediated Communicationp. 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 Affectionp. 145
Infidelity: When, Where, Whyp. 175
Relational Turbulence: What Doesn't Kill Us Makes Us Strongerp. 197
In-Laws or Outlaws: The Dark and the Bright in In-Law Relationshipsp. 217
Dark Clouds with Silver Linings: The (Dys)Functional Ambivalence of Stepfamily Relationshipsp. 243
Women's Relationships with Incarcerated Menp. 269
The Meaning of Girls' Social Aggression: Nasty or Mastery?p. 297
Intimate Partner Violence and Aggression: Seeing the Light in a Dark Placep. 327
Narcissism and Relationships: From Light to Darkp. 381
Living Single: Lightening Up those Dark, Dopey Mythsp. 409
Indexp. 440
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