In this best-selling book, Julia T. Wood - communication scholar and award-winning teacher - helps yu appreciate the power of interpersonal communication in your everyday relationships. As you read, you'll feel as if this engaging author is talking directly to you, chatting with you, guiding you as you learn principles and skills of interpersonal communication - and giving you plenty of opportunities to practice them; for yourself. You'll also learn what scholars are discovering about how communication affects our self-concepts and relationships with others. And you'll learn how you can expand your personal horizons by interacting with others, especially people of different races, sexual orientations, ages, and religions. Inside, you'll also find many features to help you excel in your everyday encounters with others: Student Voices invite you to consider others perspectives on interpersonal communication; Everyday Applications helps you develop practical communication skills and reflect on how communication principles discussed in the book pertain to your life ; Communication in Everyday Life features spotlight interesting research and news items about interpersonal communication; Continuing the Conversation case studies show how the concepts discussed in the book affect real-life interactions.