This Handbook provides an up-to-date discussion of the central issues in nonverbal communication and examines the research that informs these issues. Editors Valerie Manusov and Miles Patterson bring together preeminent scholars, from a range of disciplines, to reveal the strength of nonverbal behavior as an integral part of communication.

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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