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The Gender Communication Handbook: Conquering Conversational Collisions between Men and Women by Audrey Nelson, Ph.D., Claire Damken Brown, Ph.D.

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CHAPTER 3

Gender Conversation Technicalities

Interruptions, Overlapping, and Other Turn-Taking Dilemmas

We take the view that the use of interruptions by males is a display of dominance or control to the female (and to any witnesses), just as the parent’s interruption communicates an aspect of parental control to the child and to others present.

—Candace West and Don Zimmerman (1998, p. 172)

Learning Objectives

  • Examine talk patterns, such as the impact of interruptions when men and women interact.
  • Explore the concept of turn taking, in terms of the communication process and how women and men talk.
  • Identify the overlapping process.
  • Understand men’s self-directed and women’s other-oriented communication styles.
  • Suggest action steps for men and ...

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