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    Interpersonal Communication: A Mindful Approach to Relationships

    (12 reviews)

    Jason S. Wrench, State University of New York

    Narissra M. Punyanunt-Carter, Texas Tech University

    Katherine S. Thweatt, State University of New York

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    Last Update: 2023

    ISBN 13: 9781942341772

    Publisher: Milne Open Textbooks

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Jinnie Jeon, Assistant Professor, Adler University on 5/30/23

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    Reviewed by Dana Trunnell, Associate Professor of Communication, Prairie State College on 3/15/23

    This text covers interpersonal communication concepts and theory in extraordinary detail with the added bonus of weaving mindfulness into each topic. If anything, I find the chapters to be almost too long for undergraduate reading expectations.... read more

    Reviewed by Beth Austin, Assistant Teaching Professor, University of Wisconsin - Superior on 9/23/22

    This book covers all the relevant material covered in a typical textbook on interpersonal communication. read more

    Reviewed by Riley Richards, Assistant Professor, Oregon Institute of Technology on 8/22/22

    This book offers a unique perspective on IPC, particularly through its mindfulness lens. Through this lens, it covers the standard and expected major ideas needed to cover in an IPC class and is covered in other IPC textbooks. The information... read more

    Reviewed by Abby Zegers, Correctional Education Coordinator, Des Moines Area Community College on 11/17/21

    This text is incredibly comprehensive to the point that I feel that it could possibly be two texts or classes, depending on how much time you had. Each chapter dives relatively deep into its topic and not only is it visually appealing with up to... read more

    Reviewed by Jennifer Adams, Professor, DePauw University on 11/13/21

    This book is lengthy, and each chapter contains more good content than I expected. There are chapters on each topic you would expect (although organized somewhat differently than most of the popular print textbooks in this discipline). For... read more

    Reviewed by Joseph Nicola, Professor, Century College on 10/6/21

    The text provides a very detailed and granular index and glossary. Very helpful when planning lessons and homework readings. The text is hyperlinked from the index/glossary making it helpful for students. Presents a good explanation of the many... read more

    Reviewed by Aditi Paul, Assistant Professor, Pace University on 8/13/21

    The authors do a really good job at covering a variety of introductory, foundational, and contemporary topics pertaining to interpersonal communication. read more

    Reviewed by Rebecca Oldham, Assistant Professor, Middle Tennessee State University on 5/20/21

    This textbook provides a thorough introduction to communication studies. It covers multiple important theories, seminal research, major concepts, and practical suggestions for improving communication. The instructor guide includes many helpful... read more

    Reviewed by Jennifer Burns, Adjunct Faculty, Middlesex Community College on 3/13/21

    Interpersonal Communication: A Mindful Approach to Relationships, provides an in-depth understanding to the variables that comprise interpersonal communication, I especially appreciate the mindful (know thyself) lens!! read more

    Reviewed by Jessica Martin, Adjunct Instructor, Communication Studies, Portland Community College on 1/5/21

    This book presents a comprehensive breakdown of the major types of interpersonal communication. The chapters included in this course text align with the traditional content in an interpersonal communication course. I like how it also includes a... read more

    Reviewed by Prachi Kene, Professor, Rhode Island College on 10/22/20

    This book presents a comprehensive overview of the different aspects, types, and models of communication. Further topics of discussion include verbal and non-verbal elements of communication, impact of communication on a variety of relationships... read more

    Table of Contents

    • Chapter 1: Introduction to Human Communication
    • Chapter 2: Overview of Interpersonal Communication
    • Chapter 3: Intrapersonal Communication
    • Chapter 4: Verbal Elements of Communication
    • Chapter 5: Nonverbal Communication
    • Chapter 6: Cultural and Environmental Factors in Interpersonal Communication
    • Chapter 7: Talking and Listening
    • Chapter 8: Building and Maintaining Relationships
    • Chapter 9: Conflict in Relationship
    • Chapter 10: Friendship Relationships
    • Chapter 11: Family & Marriage Relationships
    • Chapter 12: Interpersonal Communication in Mediated Contexts
    • Chapter 13: Interpersonal Relationships at Work
    • Chapter 14: The Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication

    Ancillary Material

    • Instructor Manual
    • Lecture Slide Deck
    • About the Book

      Interpersonal Communication: A Mindful Approach to Relationships helps readers examine their own one-on-one communicative interactions using a mindfulness lens. The writing team of Jason S. Wrench, Narissra M. Punyanunt-Carter, and Katherine Thweatt incorporates the latest communication theory and research to help students navigate everyday interpersonal interactions. The 14 chapters in this book cover topics typically taught in an undergraduate interpersonal communication course: family interactions, interpersonal dynamics, language, listening, nonverbal communication, and romantic relationships, as well as exploring emerging areas such as self-compassion, body positivity, friendships, and “the dark side”. The writing takes on a purposefully informal tone to engage readers. Each chapter is broken into different sections that have unique instructional outcomes, key takeaways, and exercises, and concludes with real-world case studies and sample quiz questions. Also included is  an extensive glossary with over 350 definitions.

      About the Contributors


      Jason S. Wrench (Ed.D., West Virginia University) is a professor in the Department of Communication at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Dr. Wrench specializes in workplace learning and performance, or the intersection of instructional communication and organizational communication. His varied research interests include workplace learning and human performance improvement, computer-mediated communication, interpersonal communication, empirical research methods, family communication, humor, risk/crisis communication, and supervisor-subordinate interactions. Dr. Wrench regularly consults with individuals and organizations on workplace communication and as a professional speech coach for senior executives.

      Narissra M. Punyanunt-Carter (Ph.D., Kent State University) is a professor in the Department of Communication and assistant dean of international affairs for the College of Media and Communication. She is also an associate professor of Communication Studies at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. She teaches the basic interpersonal communication course. Her research areas include mass media effects, father-daughter communication, mentoring, advisor-advisee relationships, family studies, religious communication, humor, and interpersonal communication. She has published over 70 articles that have appeared in several peer-reviewed journals, such as Communication Research Reports, Southern Journal of Communication, and Journal of Intercultural Communication Research. She has also published numerous instructional ancillaries and materials. She is also a coauthor of Organizational communication: Theory, Research, and Practice (2014, Flat World Knowledge). Dr. Punyanunt coedited The Impact of Social Media in Modern Romantic Relationship (2017, Lexington).

      Katherine S. Thweatt (Ed.D, West Virginia University) is an associate professor at the State University of New York at Oswego. Dr. Thweatt’s areas of interest are interpersonal communication, instructional communication, and health communication. She has published in the areas of teasing, teacher immediacy and misbehaviors, cognitive flexibility, and healthcare research. Healthcare publications involved shared medical appointments, heart failure, and infectious disease.

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