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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.

Embarrassing Predicaments
Embarrassing predicaments

Professor Edward Gross tells the story of a foreign diplomat attending an afternoon reception. As he was getting up to leave, he noticed that his fly was partially open.

He sheepishly retreated to the couch to zip up, but in the process caught his tie in his fly. The hostess, noticing something amiss, offered her help. The diplomat, not wanting to draw attention to his predicament, shooed her away. The diplomat resumed efforts to untangle himself. But with every jerk of his head, the knot tightened, and his face turned blue. A crowd gathered around him. Finally, the hostess got a pair of scissors and snipped off the tie. As the diplomat rushed out the door, a piece of cloth wafted through the ...

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