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By Richard West and Lynn H. Turner

This article introduces the sphere of verbal exchange to scholars who could have very little heritage in verbal exchange conception. Its 3 overriding ambitions are to aid scholars comprehend the pervasiveness of idea of their lives, to demystify the theoretical approach, and to assist scholars develop into extra systematic and significant of their wondering idea.

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Eddy may perceive “needing space” as simply staying out of the house two nights a week. Furthermore, his parents will have to figure out what communication “approach” is best. They might believe that being direct may be best to get their son out of the house. qxd 1/20/09 environment situation or context in which communication occurs 11:05 AM Page 8 effective strategy to change Eddy’s behavior. Regardless of how Jimmy and Angie Bollen communicate their wishes, without sharing the same meaning, the family will have a challenging time getting their messages across to one another.

When Eddy’s parents thought about communicating their frustration 1 and disappointment, they quickly recalled the difficulty of their son’s situation. They didn’t want to upset him any further. The Bollens tried to figure out a way to communicate to their son that although they love him, they wished that he would get a job and leave the house. They simply wanted some peace, privacy, and freedom, and their son was getting in the way. It wasn’t a feeling either one of them liked, but it was their reality.

Health care, too, is focusing more on the value of communication. In doctor– patient relationships, for instance, research shows that communication is essential for the recovery of patients and impacts the extent to which doctors offer medical advice to their patients (Blanquicett, Amsbary, Mills, & Powell, 2007; Jucks & Bromme, 2007). , Goodboy & Myers, 2008) have concluded that affirming feedback positively affects student learning. And, with respect to social networking sites such as Facebook, individuals in romantic relationships report using communication (technology) as a way to check up on the status of their relationship—from commitment to fidelity (Stern & Taylor, 2007).

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