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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.

Managing Problematic Episodes in Established Relationships
Managing problematic episodes in established relationships

The focus of Chapter 3 was on the process by which individuals negotiate and co-construct their respective relationship-specific identities. Unfortunately, constructing these identities is only the beginning. As circumstances change, identities evolve. New challenges may require new rules. Expectations that once functioned adequately no longer suffice. In short, relationships will not be sustained at a very satisfying level for partners if they are not able to adapt to changing circumstances. This chapter examines three types of predicaments or problematic episodes that couples encounter over the course of a relationship. Each predicament arises from changing circumstances, and each potentially triggers change in the relationship culture. Obviously, change can be functional for the long-term duration ...

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