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Designed to acquaint readers with the most up-to-date information on close relationship theory and research, Facework provides a thorough examination of the authors' research, as well as that of others, on the self-aspects of communication in intimate relationships. Gaining face, maintaining face, and losing face all have numerous implications in the management of close relationships. Cupach and Metts make a compelling case for facework as basic relationship currency at any stage of a relationship, whether it be formation, maintenance, or disengagement. Written in a clear, humorous style, Facework offers the reader a very pleasurable learning experience and the opportunity to gain deeper insight into the management of problematic situations occurring in close relationships. Professionals and scholars in psychology, sociology, communication, family studies, and social work will find Facework a stimulating, informative, and indispensable volume.

Face Management in Interpersonal Relationships
Face management in interpersonal relationships

“I was so embarrassed!” Have you ever found yourself recounting a story of how you stumbled and fell while trying to impress a new date with your dancing talents? Have you ever expressed in much more somber tones a time when you felt great shame because you violated a trust that you and your partner shared about sexual exclusivity? If you have felt embarrassment, or shame, then you have experienced the effects of losing face. If, on the other hand, you have felt pride, or validation, or respect, then you have experienced the effects of sustaining face, even, perhaps, during awkward situations. This book is about gaining and losing face in close relationships. The notion of ...

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