Interpersonal Messages

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/4/2016
  • Publisher: Pearson

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For courses in Interpersonal Communication.


Lively and accessible insights into interpersonal skill development

Interpersonal Messages helps build a strong foundation in interpersonal communication and provides numerous strategies for improving communication and relationship skills. Author Joseph DeVito delivers comprehensive coverage, real-life examples, and a strong focus on skill building to promote achievement in every area of your personal, social, and professional life. The Fourth Edition fully integrates the latest research as well as updated examples, photos, and cartoons to keep the text current and pedagogically effective.


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Author Biography

Joseph A. DeVito received a BA from Hunter College in 1960 (with a major in speech and a minor in Spanish), an MA from Temple University in 1962 (with a major in speech along with some sociology), and a PhD from the University of Illinois in 1964 (with a major in speech and a minor in linguistics). After receiving his PhD, DeVito returned to his alma mater, Hunter College-in-the-Bronx [which later became Lehman College], to teach. Later, he moved to Queens College and then to Hunter (from which he retired from full-time teaching)—all within the City University of New York. During his teaching career, DeVito taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, with a concentration on the undergraduate level and mainly on the introductory courses.


At various times, DeVito has served on the editorial boards of Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication Monographs, Communication Education, Communication Quarterly, Journal of Communication, and Etc: A Review of General Semantics. He has also served as consulting editor to publishers: Random House, Harper & Row, Waveland Press, and HarperCollins. He also served as ETS coordinator of the committee to construct the DANTES Public Speaking Test for the Educational Testing Service. A prolific author, DeVito has written or edited more than 20 books in the field of communication, including The Interpersonal Communication Book, Human Communication: The Basic Course, and Essentials of Human Communication, all published by Pearson.



Table of Contents

Part I — Preliminaries to Interpersonal Messages

1. Foundations of Interpersonal Communication

2. Culture and Interpersonal Communication

3. Perception of Self and Others

4. Listening in Interpersonal Communication



Part II — Interpersonal Messages in Context

5. Verbal Messages

6. Nonverbal Messages

7. Emotional Messages

8. Conversation Messages

9. Interpersonal Relationships

10. Interpersonal Relationship Types and Theories

11. Interpersonal Conflict Management



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