Interpersonal Communication (Pergamon General Psychology by Kurt Danziger

By Kurt Danziger

Interpersonal conversation makes a speciality of the elemental procedures of interpersonal verbal exchange, emphasizing the significance of reciprocal impact tactics in face-to-face interplay. the themes mentioned during this e-book comprise the manipulation of interpersonal conversation; twin point of human communique; dimensions of social interplay; nonverbal conversation; and social interplay in subhuman primates. The psychotherapy as interpersonal conversation; learn of disturbed verbal exchange in households; and improvement of interpersonal communique in young children also are deliberated. this article likewise covers the cultural transformations in interpersonal verbal exchange and examine of interpersonal tactics. This e-book is meant for social psychologists, yet is usually a great reference for these operating in comparable disciplines that require a social mental remedy of the topic.

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T h e Hnk b e t w e e n an underlying social relationship and a particular overt expression of it involves the function of signification but not in the sense in which the word " a p p l e " signifies an apple. T h e interpersonal relationship is presented rather than represented by means of the signifier. ) The relationship b e t w e e n specific c o m m a n d s and underlying relation­ ship of military authority is certainly one of the simplest and most explicit cases of presentation we are likely to encounter.

It is incredible how eager I am to get them to regard me as a m a n of principle. Yet I feel I am not being entirely naive in this wish. T h e more they unconsciously respect m e , the harder will it b e for t h e m to assert their personalities over mine. If secretly they admire my stand they are partially disarmed before they start interrogating m e . . By grounding myself on principle, I not only impede the progress of their machine, I challenge their very right to hold m e . T h e e x t r e m e isolation to which w e detainees are subjected can be justified in their terms only on one basis, and that is that it gets results.

I am s t r o n g e r ' . . a feeling of great joy o v e r c a m e me as I realized that my o p p o n e n t had exhausted his ammuni­ tion. Our forces b e c a m e equal. H e began to lose faith that he w^ould defeat me and admitted that he was tired. M a y b e he w a s becoming anxious—his career was at s t a k e " (Stypulkowski, 1962, p p . 282-283). T h e South African political prisoner, from w h o s e exceptionally insight­ ful account we have already quoted, also c a m e to define his position in terms of an interpersonal contest in which he actively attempted to undermine the other side's self-confidence just as they were trying to undermine his: " I w o n d e r w h a t the security men think privately of m e .

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