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Peter A. Andersen, Laura K. Guerrero & Susanne M. Jones

In: The SAGE Handbook of Nonverbal Communication

Chapter 14: Nonverbal Behavior in Intimate Interactions and Intimate Relationships

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Nonverbal Behavior in Intimate Interactions and Intimate Relationships
Nonverbal behavior in intimate interactions and intimate relationships

Intimacy is a complex concept about which researchers legitimately create various conceptualizations and reach different conclusions (Acitelli & Duck, 1987; Prager, 1995). For this reason, intimacy has been conceptualized variously as a relationship type, as an emotion, as interpersonal warmth or closeness, as a subjective experience, as a communication trait, as an interpersonal process, as a motive, as a behavior, as sexual interaction, and as an interpersonal goal (Andersen & Guerrero, 1998; McAdams, 1988; Prager, 1995; Reis & Shaver, 1988). Whereas all these conceptualizations have value, consistent with Prager (2000), we are concerned primarily in this chapter with intimacy as a type of interaction, a focus that has two ...

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