An important tool for making your interpersonal communication more effective, more interesting, and more rewarding! This innovative approach to the major concepts of interpersonal communication is characterized by succinct chapters outlining basic concepts followed by numerous cases. These cases give readers a chance to see how theory functions in daily encounters. It explores the process of creating, developing, changing, and improving relationships. The underlying premise is that you can only change yourself, not others. The concepts that the authors present help readers develop a self-awareness that facilitates choosing appropriate, effective communication options for specific situations. The authors present a variety of possible encounters and a repertoire of communication strategies. Readers can imagine themselves in like situations--meeting similar people or confronting similar problems--and can decide what communication skills would be most useful in each instance. The book brings the important concepts of interpersonal communication to readers "where they live."
Titles of related interest also available from Waveland Press: Cupach et al., Competence in Interpersonal Conflict, Second Edition (ISBN 9781577666493); Infante, Arguing Constructively (ISBN 9780881333275); and Smith-Tague-Busler, The Key to Survival: Interpersonal Communication, Third Edition (ISBN 9781577664239).