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Reflect and Relate: An Introduction to Interpersonal Communication Paperback – July 15, 2009

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ISBN-13: 978-0312489342 ISBN-10: 031248934X Edition: Second Edition

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About the Author

Steven McCornack is associate professor of communication and coordinator of the undergraduate program at Michigan State University. He has published over 20 articles in leading communication journals, and he has also won several prestigious teaching awards and fellowships, including the Michigan State University Alumni Association Teaching Award, Lilly Endowment Teaching Fellowship, the Amoco Foundation Excellence-in-Teaching Award, and the Michigan State University Teacher/Scholar Award.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; Second Edition edition (July 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031248934X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312489342
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leslie on May 1, 2012
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I got this book for my Interpersonal Communications class this year and am about to go to my last class of the semester. I found the book interesting and easy to read - and we did read it in it's entirety. A lot of it was very basic but this is for an introductory course, so I'm not sure what else one would be be looking for really :D I personally enjoyed the things I did learn and had no problem glossing over the things that were already common knowledge. All in all no complaints from my end - thanks for an engaging book :D
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Tran on December 23, 2012
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Very easy to read and offers practical information that applies to everyday situations. The chapters are elongated and sometimes seem to drag on, but are all the more useful when put into practice.
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By Jarvis on July 31, 2012
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I thought the book (2nd edition) was excellent. It was well-written in that it presented ideas very clearly and succinctly. The examples presented in the book (including references to Seinfeld, Everyone Loves Raymond, Friends, etc.) usually illustrated the point being made. There were many, many references to theories in interpersonal communication and some technical jargon that accompanies those theories. My instructor relied heavily upon this book and he is one of the stronger professors at my institution.

This book could be improved by providing more exercises. Occasionally various classifications (of behavior, etc.) in the theory were a little abstract and there were not enough examples to really clarify the point. The on-line quizzes presented scenarios and asked me to classify the scenario per the terms of the theory. A little more practice with these scenarios (e.g. exercises) would have better prepared me for the test. As I write this, I realize I'm giving a plug for the workbook, which I did NOT use.

Still I found this book to be exceptional. I rented it and want this as a permanent resource, so I expect to buy this in used condition when the 3rd edition comes out. I'm a solid "A" student with credits from several quality institutions and I don't understand the haters who have given it a substandard review.
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By kstars VINE VOICE on August 18, 2013
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I gave this book to a man who has difficulty making meaningful social connections with people. He has Asbergers. He said he read it tirelessly, hungry for what was in the book, thinking this book was meant for him to read. I read a similar book that changed my life years ago. It was a text like this for a communications class. Someone thought I should take communications, so I did. I though it was all about me too!

Many people learn this stuff growing up, but I didn't. We didn't communicate really in my family. Love was something you get from someone. After taking that class I met the man of my dreams, and 10 years later we were married. Communications class helped, as well as other communication-oriented classes. Therapy helped too.

I never felt I could understand why people did what they did. This book is a start.
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By Mariah on January 25, 2013
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I bought this for a class, as it was required, and I will honestly say that it is a "must -". I have learned so much about Interpersonal Comm.! The author is great; so many examples are provided and the concepts are easily understood thanks to this book.
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Just kinda got it as a class requirement. The book is interesting but ends up being mostly common sense once you start learing about the basis of communication. I would say do not buy it unless you need to keep it for some reason. rent rent rent.
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I purchased this for a college class I was taking. I enjoyed the class and the book as well. Learn a lot about communication, would recommend anyone wanted to improve on communication to read this book.
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By Eve on January 28, 2013
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I used this book in my interpersonal communication class. the book is well organized and easy to read. well I sell it to another person in our school this semester so I kinda miss it right now...
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