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Skilled Interpersonal Communication: Research, Theory and Practice, 5th Edition [Kindle Edition]

Owen Hargie
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Book Description

There is a fundamental, powerful, and universal desire amongst humans to interact with others. People have a deep-seated need to communicate, and the greater their ability in this regard the more satisfying and rewarding their lives will be. The contribution of skilled interpersonal communication to success in both personal and professional contexts is now widely recognised and extensively researched. As such, knowledge of various types of skills, and of their effects in social interaction, is crucial for effective interpersonal functioning.

Previous editions have established Skilled Interpersonal Communication as the foremost textbook on communication. This thoroughly revised and expanded 5th edition builds on this success to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date review of the current research, theory and practice in this burgeoning field of study. The first two chapters introduce the reader to the nature of skilled interpersonal communication and review the main theoretical perspectives. Subsequent chapters provide detailed accounts of the fourteen main skill areas, namely: nonverbal communication; reinforcement; questioning; reflecting; listening; explaining; self-disclosure; set induction; closure; assertiveness; influencing; negotiating; and interacting in, and leading, group discussions.

Written by one of the foremost international experts in the field and founded solidly in research, this book provides a key reference for the study of interpersonal communication. This theoretically informed, yet practically oriented text will be of interest both to students of interpersonal communication in general, and to qualified personnel and trainees in many fields.

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'This voluminous book provides an excellent, well-written and, in terms of sources used, up-to-date introduction to a diverse range of theories and fields of research regarding interpersonal communication.' - Luc Van Poecke, Department of Communication, University of Leuven, in Communications

'The most comprehensive review of skilled interpersonal communication available. Encyclopaedic in reach and engagingly written, it offers many pointers for improved practice across a myriad of fields. It will serve as the classic introduction to interpersonal skills for many years to come.' - Dr Dennis Tourish, Reader in Communication Management, University of Aberdeen

'Hargie and Dickson skilfully integrate an extensive array of theories and research while highlighting the practical implications of the literature. With obvious delight in the subject matter they invite us to ponder our own relationships in a more critical manner. Scholars and students alike will gain much from this book.' - Professor Phillip Clampitt, Information Sciences Program, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

'Hargie and Dickson are to be commended for the academic rigour with which they approach the practice of communication. The book makes an important and thoroughly informed contribution to the exploration and development of communicative ability.' - Dr Bill Campbell, Director, Centre for Human Communication, Manchester Metropolitan University

About the Author

Owen Hargie and David Dickson are both based at the School of Communication, University of Ulster.

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Owen Hargie is Professor of Communication at the University of Ulster, and visiting Professor at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen and University of Chester. He is an elected Member of the prestigious Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters, and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He is Vice-Chair of the 'Interpersonal and Social Interaction' Division of the European Communication Research and Education Association. His special areas of interest are in the fields of interpersonal, organisational, health, and inter-cultural communication. He has published some 20 books and 120 book chapters and journal articles. He acts as consultant on communication for numerous public and private sector organisations throughout the world. In 2007 he was awarded a Senior Distinguished Research Fellowship by the University of Ulster in recognition of his research contributions over three decades.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful, Simple, Easy 29 Mar. 2009
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This textbook was recommended by my lecturer and I found it very useful and easy for a beginner to understand. I tend to prefer textbooks which have a clearer layout, chapter dividers and make use of colour but this textbook was easy enough to follow without those extras.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 9 Mar. 2012
The book was purchased for study at postgraduate level (MSc). It is an excellent book for anyone looking to study in the area of cognitive behavioural therapy, although some parts are relatively advanced. It was deilvered within 48 hours, in excellent condition. Fully recommend the book and to buy from the company again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I wanted depth and got it 30 Dec. 2013
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I am very pleased with this book in ebook format. I wanted a thorough background in communication. I have little experience in the field. This book is a little dry and goes through each concept like a flow chart taking every subject and analysing sub topics and sub sub topics. All referenced. I am treating it as CPD for work, but also for life in general

I wouldn't have wanted to spend the amount a paper copy costs so was very pleased to have the Kindle format which works well on the iPad. It isn't full of spelling mistakes as some modern books are. The tables don't work perfectly as they were designed for a different ebook type, but that isn't a major problem

Overall I think it's an excellent book that I would have missed out on at the print price. I buy paper books in my local bookshop not on here
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