Communication, Intimacy, and Close Relationships

Communication, Intimacy, and Close Relationships

1st Edition - September 14, 1984

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  • Editor: Valerian J. Derlega
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483260426

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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


    1. Self-Disclosure and Intimate Relationships


    Role of Self-Disclosure in Intimate Relationships

    Self-Disclosure and Vulnerability


    2. A Cognitive Interactional Model of Intimate Relationships


    Toward a Working Definition of Intimate Relationships

    The Model: A Molecular View

    A Molar View of the Model

    Summary and Conclusions


    3. Human Motives and Personal Relationships


    Human Motives

    Power Motivation and Personal Relationships

    Intimacy Motivation and Personal Relationships



    4. Identities, Identifications, and Relationships

    Introductory Overview

    The Identification Process

    Self-Presentational Concerns in Relationships

    The Accommodation of Identities in Relationships



    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



    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

    An Exchange Theory Approach to Relationship Centrality and Network Size

    Loneliness and Prior Social Relationships

    Must People Be Aware That They Are Lonely To Be Lonely?


    7. Selectivity and Urgency in Interpersonal Exchange


    The Desire to Benefit an Interaction Partner

    Resource Theory—What Is Exchanged?

    Selectivity in Social Exchange

    Individual Differences Affecting Selectivity

    Related Concepts about Social Exchange



    Epilogue The Dangers of Intimacy

    Intimacy: What Is It?

    Intimacy: Why Not?

    A Prescription for Intimacy


    Author Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 246
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1984
  • Published: September 14, 1984
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483260426

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Valerian J. Derlega

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