The Meaning of "Relationship" in Interpersonal Communication

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The Meaning of Relationship in Relational Communication

L. Edna Rogers

Viewing social processes in terms of the influence that one set of intraindividual variables has on similar variables in another individual has led to a relative neglect of the process of communication, which constitutes the ongoing interrelationship between individuals.

--- Danziger, 1976, pp. xiii-xiv

Better it would be to say that the relationship is the exchange of these messages: or that the relationship is immanent in these messages.

--- Bateson, 1972, p. 275

In a very fundamental sense it can be said that one converses one's way through life.

-- Berger & Kellner, 1964, p. 53

Over the past several decades, there appears to be a growing consensus among interpersonal scholars of the intimate link between communication and social relationships. This once radical idea of viewing relationships as "ongoing conversations" ( Berger & Kellner, 1964, p. 52) has gained wider acceptance, with contemporary studies being centered more frequently on the formative nature of communication; yet, the question of how to grasp the multiple aspects of this interactive process remains a formidable challenge. In response, different conceptual and analytical modes have been


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