Bridges Not Walls : A Book about Interpersonal Communication

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  • Edition: 8th
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  • Copyright: 2001-06-13
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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Bridges not Walls examines interpersonal communication through a broad range of scholarly and popular articles drawn from various disciplines, including communication, philosophy, social science, and psychology.Readings included are thought-provoking discussions of the nature of interpersonal contact, connections between verbal and nonverbal cues, person perception and social intelligence, listening, deception and betrayal, identity management, interpersonal ethics, types of love, transformational conflict management, and diversity.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Introduction to the Editor and Rationale to this Book

Chapter 2. Defining Communication and Interpersonal Communication

John Stewart, “Communicating and Interpersonal Communicating”

David Bohm,"On Communication"

Thich Nhat Hanh, “Interbeing”*

Neil Postman, “The Communication Panacea”*

Chapter 3. Defining Ourselves as Communicators

John Stewart & Carole Logan, “Constructing Selves”*

Daniel Goleman, “The Rudiments of Social Intelligence”*

Gerald Corey and Marianne Schneider-Corey, “Meaning and Values”*

Harold Barrett, “Maintaining the Self in Communicating”*

Navita Cummings James, “When Miss America Was Always White”*

Chapter 4. Making Contact Verbally and Nonverbally

John Stewart & Carole Logan, “Verbal and Nonverbal Dimensions of Talk”

Virginia Satir, “Paying Attention to Words

Virginia Richmond and James C. McCroskey, “Communication and Nonverbal Behavior”*

Daniel J. Canary, Michael J. Cody, & Valerie L. Manusov, “Functions of Nonverbal Behavior”*


Chapter 5. Understanding and Listening: Communication as Inhaling

Sarah Trenholm and Arthur Jensen, “Interpretive Competence: How We Perceive Individuals, Relationships, andSocial Events"

Julia T. Wood, “It’s Only Skin Deep: Stereotyping and Totalizing Others”

Carol A. Roach and Nancy J. Wyatt, “Misconceptions about Listening”*

Matthew McKay, Martha Davis, and Patrick Fanning, "Listening"

John Stewart and Carol Logan, “Empathic and Dialogic Listening”

Chapter 6. Engaging Others: Communication as ExhalingDavid Johnson, “Being Open With and To Other People”*

Matthew McKay, Martha Davis, and Patrick Fanning, “Expressing”

Robert Alberti and Michael Emmons, What It Means to Be Assertive”*

Virginia Richmond and James McCroskey, “Immediacy”*

Lawrence B. Rosenfeld and Jack B. Richman, “What to Tell”*


Chapter 7. Communicating with Family and Friends

Julia T. Wood, “What’s a Family, Anyway?”

Kathleen M. Galvin and Bernard J. Brommel, “Intimacy and Closeness Within Families”*

Thich Nath Hanh, “Eating Mindfully”*

Mitch Albom, “The Fifth Tuesday: We Talk About Family”*

Steve Duck, “Our Friends, Ourselves”

John Hardwig, “In Search of An Ethic of Interpersonal Relationships”

Chapter 8. Communicating with Intimate PartnersGerald Corey and Marrianne Schneider-Corey, “Intimate Relationships”

Daniel J. Canary and Tara LM. Emmers-Sommer, with

Sandra Faulkner, “Moving Beyond Sex and GenderStereotypes”

Julia T. Wood, “Gendered Standpoints on Personal Relationships”*

John Gottman, “Making Marriage Work”*

Hugh and Gayle Prather, “How to Resolve Issues Unmemorably”


Chapter 9. Recognizing Communication WallsAnita L. Vangelisti, “Messages that Hurt”

John Stewart and Carole Logan, “Deception, Betrayal, and Aggression”

Kenneth N.Cissna and Evelyn Sieburg, “Patterns of Interactional Confirmation and Disconfirmation”

Jack R. Gibb, “Defensive Communication”

Chapter 10. Managing Conflict by Turning Walls into Bridges

Joseph P. Folger, Marshall Scott Poole, and Randall K. Stutman, “Conflict and Interaction”

John Welwood, “Lead into Gold”

William W. Wilmot, “Communication Spirals, Paradoxes, and Conundrums”

Jeffrey Kottler, “Taking Responsibility Without Blaming”

Steve Duck, “Handling the Break-up of Relationships”*

W. Barnett Pearce and Stephen W. Littlejohn, “New Forms of Eloquence”

Chapter 11: Bridging Cultural Differences

David Johnson, “Building Relationships with Diverse Individuals”

Letty Cottin Pogrebin, “The Same and Different: Crossing Boundaries of Color, Culture, Sexual Preference, Disability, and Age”

Flavio F. Marsiglia and Michael L. Hecht, “The Story of Sara: Raising a Jewish Child Around the Christmas Tree”*

Marsha Houston, “When Black Women Talk with White Women: Why Dialogues Are Difficult”*

Chapter 12. Promoting Dialogue

Deborah Tannen, “The Roots of Debate and the Hope of Dialogue”*

William Issacs, “A Conversation with a Center, not Sides”*

John Stewart and Karen Zediker, “Dialogue’s Basic Tension”*

Bruce Hyde and Jeffrey L. Bineham, “Can Dialogue Be Taught?”*

James L. Lynch, “The Language of the Heart”


Chapter 13. A Teacher's Approach

C. Roland Christensen, “Every Student Teaches and Every Teacher Learns: The Reciprocal Gift of Discussion Teaching”

Chapter 14. A Counselor's Approach Carl R. Rogers, “Experiences in Communication”

Chapter 15. A Spiritual Approach

Parker J. Palmer, “Leading From Within”*

Chapter 16. A Philosopher's Approach

Martin Buber, “Elements of the Interhuman”* Indicates a New Readingcation”

Chapter 15. A Spiritual Approach

Parker J. Palmer, “Leading From Within”*

Chapter 16. A Philosopher's Approach

Martin Buber, “Elements of the Interhuman”* Indicates a New Readingew Reading

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