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Publication information: Book title: The Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication. Contributors: William R. Cupach - Editor, Brian H. Spitzberg - Editor. Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Place of publication: Hillsdale, NJ. Publication year: 1994. Page number: 256.
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