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6: Interpersonal Communication

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    In this chapter, we discuss the meaning of interpersonal communication and explore communication climates, friendships, romantic relationships, family, and conflict management.

    • 6.1: Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
      To establish satisfying interpersonal relationships, we must be willing to self-disclose.
    • 6.2: Communication Climate
      Confirming and Disconfirming Climates are the two extremes that our interpersonal relationships fall between.  Let’s look at how we and others create either a confirming or disconfirming climate by using--or failing to use-- three types of messages.
    • 6.3: Friendships
      Friendships are voluntary interpersonal relationships between two people who are usually equal and who mutually influence one another.
    • 6.4: Romantic Relationships
      Like other relationships in our lives, romantic relationships play an important role in fulfilling our needs for intimacy and social connection.
    • 6.5: Family
      The third primary type of interpersonal relationship we engage in is that of family. In this section, we discuss the characteristics that define this relationship.
    • 6.6: Interpersonal Skills in the Workplace
      Interpersonal skills are essential in the Workplace for accomplishing tasks and building strong relationships with colleagues.
    • 6.7: Conflict Management
      So think back and ask yourself, “How well do I handle conflict?” As with all areas of communication, we can improve if we have the background knowledge and the motivation to reflect on and enhance our communication skills.


    Hargie, O., Skilled Interpersonal Interaction: Research, Theory, and Practice (London: Routledge, 2011), 2.


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