9780805843972

Nonverbal Communication in Close Relationships

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  • ISBN13:

    9780805843972

  • ISBN10:

    0805843973

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-11-18
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Nonverbal Communication in Close Relationshipsprovides a synthesis of research on nonverbal communication as it applies to interpersonal interaction, focusing on the close relationships of friends, family, and romantic partners. Authors Laura K. Guerrero and Kory Floyd support the premise that nonverbal communication is a product of biology, social learning, and relational context. They overview six prominent nonverbal theories and show how each is related to bio-evolutionary or sociocultural perspectives. Their work focuses on various functions of nonverbal communication, emphasizing those that are most relevant to the initiation, maintenance, and dissolution of close relationships. Throughout the book, Guerrero and Floyd highlight areas where research is either contradictory or inconclusive, hoping that in the years to come scholars will have a clearer understanding of these issues. The volume concludes with a discussion of practical implications that emerge from the scholarly literature on nonverbal communication in relationships an essential component for understanding relationships in the real world. Nonverbal Communication in Close Relationshipsmakes an important contribution to the development of our understanding not only of relationship processes but also of the specific workings of nonverbal communication. It will serve as a springboard for asking new questions and advancing new theories about nonverbal communication. It is intended for scholars and advanced students in personal relationship study, social psychology, interpersonal communication, nonverbal communication, family studies, and family communication. It will also be a helpful resource for researchers, clinicians, and couples searching for a better understanding of the complicated roles that nonverbal cues play in relationships.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword vii
Steve Duck
Preface xi
1 Introduction 1(16)
Defining Nonverbal Communication
4(5)
Perspectives on What Counts as Communication
9(6)
An Overview of the Book
15(2)
2 Major Paradigms and Theories of Nonverbal Communication 17(40)
The Bio-Evolutionary Paradigm
18(9)
The Sociocultural Paradigm
27(8)
Specific Theories
35(19)
Summary
54(3)
3 Interpersonal Attraction 57(27)
The Importance of Attractiveness
58(4)
Markers of Physical Attractiveness
62(17)
Flirting and Courtship
79(3)
Summary
82(2)
4 Communicating Affection 84(23)
How Do Humans Convey Affection Nonverbally?
85(10)
Predicting the Use of Nonverbal Affection Behaviors
95(10)
Summary
105(2)
5 Nonverbal Expressions of Emotion 107(26)
Defining Emotion
108(1)
Nonverbal Expressions of Emotions in Relationships
109(12)
Emotional Skill in Close Relationships
121(10)
Summary
131(2)
6 Nonverbal Correlates of Power and Interpersonal Dominance 133(29)
Defining Power, Dominance, and Status
134(3)
Relative Power and Dominant Communication in Relationships
137(3)
Nonverbal Correlates of Power
140(5)
Sex Differences in Power Cues
145(4)
Reducing Power Differentials
149(1)
Interpersonal Dominance Through Social Skill
150(7)
Interpersonal Dominance Through Intimidation or Threat
157(3)
Summary
160(2)
7 Interpersonal Deception 162(36)
What Is Deception?
163(3)
What Happens to People When They Deceive?
166(7)
Nonverbal Behaviors That Accompany Deception (and Some That Do Not)
173(8)
Detecting Deception
181(15)
Summary
196(2)
8 Conflict and Disengagement 198(27)
Defining Conflict in the Context of Relationships
199(3)
Conflict Strategies
202(4)
Nonverbal Conflict Behaviors
206(8)
Communication Patterns
214(4)
Relationship Disengagement
218(5)
Summary
223(2)
9 Afterthoughts 225(14)
Implications for Each Content Area
226(12)
Conclusion
238(1)
References 239(42)
Author Index 281(14)
Subject Index 295

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