Bridges Not Walls : A Book about Interpersonal Communication

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  • Edition: 10th
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  • Copyright: 2008-06-26
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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This anthology offers fifty-one scholarly and popular readings, that examine a broad range of topics about interpersonal relationships, drawing from such disciplines as communication, philosophy, social science, and psychology. The thought-provoking articles discuss the nature of interpersonal contact, connections between verbal and nonverbal cues, person perception, listening, identity management, gender and ethnic similarities and differences, communication about sex, defensiveness, power, bullying, transformational conflict management, cross-cultural communication, and dialogue. This tenth edition features 23 new readings, including a new chapter focused on listening and talking about sex.

Table of Contents

Foundations of Interpersonal Communication
Introduction to the Editor and to This Bookp. 3
Communication and Interpersonal Communicationp. 14
Communicating and Interpersonal Communicatingp. 15
Personal Relationships and Healthp. 41
Toward Study of the Consequentially (Not Consequences) of Communicationp. 52
Fierce Conversationsp. 53
Elements of the Interhumanp. 62
Communication Building Identitiesp. 79
Constructing Identitiesp. 80
Maintaining the Self in Communicationp. 91
The Rudiments of Social Intelligencep. 105
Forming Online Identitiesp. 115
Deafness and the Riddle of Identityp. 127
Verbal and Nonverbal Contactp. 134
Verbal and Nonverbal Dimensions of Talkp. 135
Paying Attention to Wordsp. 160
Nonverbal Communication: Basic Perspectivesp. 166
Functions of Nonverbal Behaviorp. 183
Making Meaning Together
Inhaling: Perceiving and Listeningp. 195
Inhaling: Perceptionp. 196
It's Only Skin Deep: Stereotyping and Totalizing Othersp. 212
Mindful Listeningp. 219
Empathic and Dialogic Listeningp. 225
Blackfeet Listeningp. 244
Exhaling: Expressing and Disclosingp. 252
Being Open with and to Other Peoplep. 253
State My Path: How to Speak Persuasively, Not Abrasivelyp. 262
I Want ...p. 273
What to Tell: Deciding When, How, and What to Self-Disclosep. 283
Communicating with Family and Friendsp. 293
What's a Family, Anyway?p. 294
Separating Messages from Metamessages in Family Talkp. 303
Our Friends, Ourselvesp. 313
Mother-Daughter E-Mail and IM Communicationp. 326
Communicating with Intimate Partnersp. 335
Gendering the Conversationp. 336
Gender and Ethnic Similarities and Differences in Relational Developmentp. 342
Gendered Standpoints on Personal Relationshipsp. 358
Romance in Cyberspace: Understanding Online Attractionp. 365
Bridges not Walls
Coping with Communication Wallsp. 377
Deception, Betrayal, and Aggressionp. 378
Messages That Hurtp. 390
Defensive Communicationp. 401
Power: The Structure of Conflictp. 408
Bullying: Correlates of Verbally Aggressive Communication in Adolescentsp. 423
Conflict: Turning Walls into Bridgesp. 437
Conflict and Interactionp. 438
Communication Spirals, Paradoxes, and Conundrumsp. 450
Handling the Break-Up of Relationshipsp. 466
I Hear You, and I Have a Different Perspectivep. 474
How to Resolve Issues Unmemorablyp. 479
Bridging Cultural Differencesp. 489
Building Relationships with Diverse Othersp. 490
The Same and Different: Crossing Boundaries of Color, Culture, Sexual Preference, Disability, and Agep. 502
When Black Women Talk with White Women: Why Dialogues Are Difficultp. 520
Talking Can Stop Hatep. 529
"Which Is My Good Leg?": Cultural Communication of Persons with Disabilitiesp. 534
Promoting Dialoguep. 548
What Makes Dialogue Unique?p. 549
Dialogue's Basic Tensionp. 557
Fostering Dialogue Across Dividesp. 567
Turning Enemies into Friendsp. 577
Photo Creditsp. 585
Indexp. 587
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