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Offering insights from a Who's Who of scholars in interpersonal communication

“A highly beneficial contribution to the field with chapters that are clear and concise and illuminate the interesting and important aspects of interpersonal communication. With each chapter students are informed about the components of the theory and are also provided with examples that they can relate to, which really brings these theories to life.”

—René Dailey, University of Texas at Austin

“I love this book for its insight, organization, and inclusiveness. I like that the authors use specific examples and then apply their theory to the examples for illustration—this is how students begin to learn how to use and understand theories. What an accessible, thorough, and user-friendly book.”

—Maureen P. Keeley, Texas State University-San Marcos

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In the 10 years that Jean and Pat have been friends, Jean cannot recall a time when it was so difficult to know what to say, how to say it, or whether to say it at all. Six months ago, Pat was diagnosed with a health problem, and her doctor told her to lose 20 pounds. Nothing has worked so far—crazy diets, contraptions purchased online, even hypnosis! Jean wants to talk with Pat about this problem, and thinks Pat should join a nearby exercise club and start working out. Pat's doctor said flat out, “Pat, get off the couch and into the gym!” But Jean knows weight ...

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