Skilled Interpersonal Communication: Research, Theory and Practice

Owen Hargie

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    There is a fundamental, powerful, and universal desire amongst humans to interactwith others. People have a deep-seated need to communicate, and the greater theirability in this regard the more satisfying and rewarding their lives will be. Thecontribution of skilled interpersonal communication to success in both personal andprofessional contexts is now widely recognised and extensively researched. Assuch, knowledge of various types of skills, and of their effects in social interaction, iscrucial for effective interpersonal functioning.Previous editions have established Skilled Interpersonal Communication asthe foremost textbook on communication. This thoroughly revised and expandedfifth edition builds on this success to provide a comprehensive and up-to-datereview of the current research, theory and practice in this burgeoning field of study.The first two chapters introduce the reader to the nature of skilled interpersonalcommunication and review the main theoretical perspectives. Subsequent chaptersprovide detailed accounts of the 14 main skill areas, namely: nonverbal communication;reinforcement; questioning; reflecting; listening; explaining; self-disclosure;set induction and closure; assertiveness; influencing; negotiating; and interacting in,and leading, group discussions.Written by one of the foremost international experts in the field and foundedsolidly on research, this book provides a key reference for the study of interpersonalcommunication. This theoretically informed, yet practically oriented text will be ofinterest both to students of interpersonal communication in general, and to qualifiedpersonnel and trainees in many fields.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages614
    Volume5th ed
    ISBN (Print)978-0-415-43203-0 (hbk), 978-0-415-43204-7 (pbk)
    Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - Jan 2011


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