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7: Communication in Relationships

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    • 7.1: Foundations of Relationships
    • 7.2: Communication and Friends
      Friendships, like other relationship forms, can be divided into categories. What’s the difference between a best friend, a good friend, and an old friend? What about work friends, school friends, and friends of the family? It’s likely that each of you reading this book has a different way of perceiving and categorizing your friendships. In this section, we will learn about the various ways we classify friends, the life cycle of friendships, and how gender affects friendships.
    • 7.3: Communication and Families
      There is no doubt that the definition and makeup of families are changing in the United States. New data from research organizations and the 2010 US Census show the following: people who choose to marry are waiting longer, more couples are cohabitating before marriage or instead of marrying, households with more than two generations are increasing, and the average household size is decreasing. Just as the makeup of families changes, so do the definitions.
    • 7.4: Romantic Relationships
      Whether pining for love in the pages of a diary or trying to find a soul mate from a cast of suitors, love and romance can seem to take us over at times. As we have learned, communication is the primary means by which we communicate emotion, and it is how we form, maintain, and end our relationships. In this section, we will explore the communicative aspects of romantic relationships including love, sex, social networks, and cultural influences.
    • 7.5: Relationships at Work
    • 7.6: The Dark Side of Relationships