Interpersonal Communication and You
First Edition   ©2015

Interpersonal Communication and You

An Introduction

Steven McCornack (University of Alabama Birmingham)

  • ISBN-10: 1-4576-6253-1; ISBN-13: 978-1-4576-6253-9; Format: Paper Text, 336 pages

1. Introducing Interpersonal Communication

What Is Communication?

What Is Interpersonal Communication?

What Is Interpersonal Communication Competence?

Issues in Interpersonal Communication


Key Term Videos

Part One. Interpersonal Essentials

2. Considering Self

The Components of Self

The Sources of Self

Presenting Your Self

The Relational Self


Key Term Videos

3. Perceiving Others

Perception as a Process

Influences on Perception

Forming Impressions of Others

Improving Your Perception of Others


Key Term Videos

4. Experiencing and Expressing Emotions

The Nature of Emotion

Forces Shaping Emotion

Managing Your Emotional Experience and Expression

Emotional Challenges


Key Term Videos

Part Two. Interpersonal Skills

5. Understanding Culture

What is Culture?

Cultural Influences on Communication

Creating Intercultural Competence


Key Term Videos

6. Listening Actively

Listening. A Five-Step Process

The Five Functions of Listening

Understanding Listening Styles

Preventing Incompetent Listening


Key Term Videos

7. Communicating Verbally

Characteristics of Verbal Communication

Functions of Verbal Communication

Cooperative Verbal Communication

Barriers to Cooperative Verbal Communication


Key Term Videos

8. Communicating Nonverbally

Principles of Nonverbal Communication

Nonverbal Communication Codes

Functions of Nonverbal Communication


Key Term Videos

9. Managing Conflict and Power

Conflict and Interpersonal Communication

Power and Conflict

Handling Conflict

Conflict Endings

Challenges to Handling Conflict


Key Term Videos

Part Three. Interpersonal Relationships

10. Relationships with Romantic Partners

Defining Romantic Relationships

Romantic Attraction

Relationship Development and Deterioration

Maintaining Romantic Relationships

Romantic Relationship Challenges


Key Term Videos

11. Relationships with Family Members

Defining Family

Communicating in Families

Maintaining Family Relationships

Family Relationship Challenges


Key Term Videos

12. Relationships with Friends

The Nature of Friendship

Types of Friendship

Maintaining Friendship

Friendship Challenges


Key Term Videos