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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.

Facework in Relationship Disengagement
Facework in relationship disengagement

Ending a relationship is perhaps one of the most face-threatening situations we encounter. Although it may seem that only the person who is being left behind suffers face threat, in reality, the person who initiates the disengagement also feels face threat. As you will recall, when a person's sense of worth and self-esteem are diminished, that person experiences positive face threat; when a person's movements and behavioral intentions are constrained, that person experiences negative face threat. Consider the following scenario:

Johnny and Mary have been dating for three months. Johnny has become bored with the relationship and finds Mary less exciting than several other women who interest him. He is beginning to find that spending time with Mary ...

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