Communication, Intimacy, and Close Relationships - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780122108402, 9781483260426

Communication, Intimacy, and Close Relationships

1st Edition

Editors: Valerian J. Derlega
eBook ISBN: 9781483260426
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 14th September 1984
Page Count: 246
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Description

Communication, Intimacy, and Close Relationships offers an account of the nature of intimate relationships and their effects on people's self-concepts. The development and maintenance of intimate relationships are examined, along with people's motives and goals in pursuing intimacy; the nature of social exchanges in intimate relationships; and the consequences for individuals who find themselves socially isolated. The critical role of communication in intimate relationships is given emphasis.

Comprised of seven chapters, this book begins with a discussion on the role of self-disclosure in intimate relationships as well as the risks that individuals incur when they self-disclose. The next chapter presents a cognitive interaction model of the nature of intimacy and intimate relationships within the context of cognitive-social learning theory and a systems theory approach to communication. The effect of people's motives on relationships is then considered, together with the role of two fundamental human motives - power and intimacy - on love and friendship. The remaining chapters focus on the importance of the identification process - that is, how people fix their own and others' identities in social interaction - in developing relationships; patterns of nonverbal exchange in close relationships; how and why loneliness occurs; and the nature of social exchange processes in intimate relationships. The book concludes with an epilogue that provides a perspective on why people may find it difficult or easy to form intimate relationships.

This monograph should be a valuable resource for psychologists and sociologists.

Table of Contents


Contributors


Preface


1. Self-Disclosure and Intimate Relationships


Introduction


Role of Self-Disclosure in Intimate Relationships


Self-Disclosure and Vulnerability


References


2. A Cognitive Interactional Model of Intimate Relationships


Introduction


Toward a Working Definition of Intimate Relationships


The Model: A Molecular View


A Molar View of the Model


Summary and Conclusions


References


3. Human Motives and Personal Relationships


Introduction


Human Motives


Power Motivation and Personal Relationships


Intimacy Motivation and Personal Relationships


Conclusions


References


4. Identities, Identifications, and Relationships


Introductory Overview


The Identification Process


Self-Presentational Concerns in Relationships


The Accommodation of Identities in Relationships


Summary


References


5. Intimacy, Social Control, and Nonverbal Involvement: A Functional Approach


Expressive and Exchange Processes


Intimacy Models of Nonverbal Exchange


Intimacy and Nonverbal Involvement


A Functional Classification of Nonverbal Behavior


The Sequential Functional Model


Implications of the Functional Model


Research Evidence


Social Control and Self-Disclosure


Discussion


References


6. Implications of Social Psychological Concepts for a Theory of Loneliness


Studying Loneliness


Theoretical Statements about Loneliness: A Word of Caution


On Social Relationships


Needs and Goals of Social Relationships


Social Networks


Details

No. of pages:
246
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 1984
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9781483260426

About the Editor

Valerian J. Derlega

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