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Interpersonal Communication by Charles R. Berger

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Judee K. Burgoon, Norah E. Dunbar and Cindy H. White

10 Interpersonal adaptation

Abstract: Interpersonal adaptation is a fundamental and pervasive human behavior. Adaptation forms the basis of social and biological development; it enables relationship development, facilitates social influence, marks personality and cultural differences, and is critical to establishing and maintaining social organization. The term “adaptation” encompasses a variety of behaviors including mirroring, interactional synchrony, behavioral matching, convergence or divergence, accommodation, reciprocity, and compensation, all of which are distinguished and discussed in this chapter. A variety of theories and models of interpersonal adaptation are explored including ...

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