The Fourth Edition of this highly successful textbook provides a unique and comprehensive introduction to the study and understanding of human relationships. This thoroughly revised edition combines the most recent research from social, personality, and developmental psychology, communication studies, family studies, and sociology with greater interdisciplinarity coverage and emphasis on processes of everyday life. Fresh insights from family studies, developmental psychology, occupational, and organizational psychology also combine to bring new perspectives to this thorough survey of the field. Thoroughly updated, with new chapters on Relating Difficulty, "small media" technology and relationships, and practical applications, the new edition is responsive to the student demand for insight into their own lives.

Influencing Strangers, Acquaintances and Friends

Influencing Strangers, Acquaintances and Friends

Influencing strangers, acquaintances and friends

[R]elationships are the engine of much that is of concern in understanding communities, such as interpersonal influence, media influences, impact of health messages, group decision making, and the proliferation of innovations or the impact of gossip and opinion. The relational interactions that constitute daily life experience are the unexamined basis of many processes that have hitherto been explained by use of specific theories of communication and community about the above topics. (Carl & Duck, 2004: p. 3)

Focus points for note taking when reading this chapter:

  • How much of what you do is the result of your relationships and the role they have in monitoring your behaviour in various ways (for example your concern about what your partner ...
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