Dark Side of Close Relationships by Brian H. Spitzberg
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Dark Side of Close Relationships
By Brian H. Spitzberg

The Dark Side of Close Relationships

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Dark Side of Close Relationships by Brian H. Spitzberg

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This collection of essays represents a follow-up to the editors' 1994 publication, The Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication. In the preface to that collection of essays, they argued that "To fully understand how people function effectively requires us to consider how individuals cope with social interaction that is difficult, problematic, challenging, distressing, and disruptive." In this companion volume, the focus expands from social interaction to close relationships. Aside from the inherent need to investigate the bad as well as the good of interpersonal relationships, the editors and their colleagues simply find the dark side metaphor to be intellectually arousing. It stimulates investigation of important yet often neglected phenomena, and it especially encourages consideration of the hidden and forbidden, and the paradoxical and ironic elements of human relating. This volume assembles the cutting-edge work of first rate scholars from the ranks of communication, psychology, sociology, and cognate disciplines. As in the previous text, the subject matter and stylistic approaches are diverse, reflecting the broad and interdisciplinary domain that is the dark side of human affairs. The selection of topics is somewhat selective, reflecting only a sample of emerging scholarship in the interdisciplinary study of relationships. These internationally recognized scholars examine various topics related to the dark side, including fatal attractions, jealousy and envy, misunderstanding, gossip, conflict, codependence, sexual coercion, stalking, relationship termination, unrequited love, and mental health problems in relationships. Some chapters present original data and models, whereas others reconfigure the way in which the understandings of relationships can be better understood. In addition, the bookend chapters examine the ideology, nature, and problems of dark side scholarship. Collectively, the scholarly journeys made in this volume are intended to illustrate the complexities--both moral and functional--involved in close relationship processes. The intent is neither to valorize nor demonize the darker aspects of close relationships, but rather to emphasize their importance to the day-to-day "doing" of relationships. Only by accepting such processes as integral to relationships can their role be fully understood.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780805824872
ISBN-10: 0805824871
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Pages: 440
Imprint: Routledge Member of the Taylor and Francis Group
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Publish Date: 12-Sep-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Dark Side of Relationship Pursuit by Brian H. Spitzberg Dark Side of Relationship Pursuit, Hardback (April 2014)

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Dark Side of Close Relationships II by Brian H. Spitzberg Dark Side of Close Relationships II, Paperback (October 2010)

Sheds light on the paradoxical, dialectical, and mystifying facets of human interaction, not merely to elucidate dysfunctional relationship phenomena, but to help readers explore and understand it in relation to a broader understanding about relationships. This volume is of interest to relationship researchers in social psychology and sociology.

Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication by Brian H. Spitzberg Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication, Hardback (July 2007)

The Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication examines the multifunctional ways in which seemingly productive communication can be destructive and vice versa and explores the many ways in which dysfunctional interpersonal communication

Dark Side of Close Relationships by Brian H. Spitzberg Dark Side of Close Relationships, Hardback (September 1998)

Encourages consideration of the hidden, forbidden, paradoxical and ironic elements of human relating. The text covers fatal attractions, jealousy, envy, misunderstanding, gossip, co-dependence, sexual coercion, stalking, relationship termination, unrequited love, and mental health problems.

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