Skilled Interpersonal Communication: Research, Theory and Practice (Hardcover)

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Established as the foremost textbook on communication, the seventh edition of Owen Hargie's Skilled Interpersonal Communication is thoroughly revised and updated with the latest research findings, theoretical developments and applications.

The contribution of skilled interpersonal communication to success in both personal and professional contexts is now widely recognised and extensively researched. People have a deep-seated and universal need to interact with others, and the greater their communicative ability the more satisfying and rewarding will be their lives. The main focus of this book is on the identification, analysis and evaluation of the core skills needed in these interactions. The first two chapters provide details of the nature of interpersonal communication and socially skilled performance, respectively, with a review of the main theoretical perspectives pertaining to each. The book then offers detailed accounts of the fourteen main skill areas: nonverbal communication, reinforcement, questioning, reflecting, listening, explaining, self-disclosure, set induction, closure, assertiveness, influencing, negotiating and interacting in and leading group discussions. The book concludes with a discussion on the ethical issues in interpersonal communication. This new edition also features an extended section on groupthink and analyses the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on aspects such as greeting patterns and the effectiveness of Project Fear by the UK government to secure citizen compliance.

Written by one of the foremost international experts in the field, this is essential reading for students of interpersonal communication in general and to qualified personnel and trainees in many fields.

About the Author

Owen Hargie is Emeritus Professor of Communication at Ulster University. His special areas of interest are in the fields of interpersonal, organisational, health and inter-cultural communication, and he is a prolific author and researcher in these areas. He is a visiting professor at several universities and a communication consultant for numerous organisations.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781032021850
ISBN-10: 1032021853
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: November 30th, 2021
Pages: 662
Language: English