The Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication

By William R. Cupach; Brian H. Spitzberg | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 13
DARK SIDE DÉNOUEMENT

Brian H. Spitzberg San Diego State University

William R. Cupach Illinois State University

This book is built on the notion of the dark side of interpersonal reaction. What is the dark side? Is it a place? A state of mind? A force within nature? An ideology? It can be any of these things, but essentially it is simply a metaphor -- a vantage point adopted to gain insight into phenomena. In this volume the metaphor is employed to advance understanding about human communication. Metaphors are useful to the extent that they are meaningful, quite literally. In our judgment, the dark side metaphor is useful for understanding interpersonal relationships because it focuses on important, yet neglected, phenomena and helps to discern new and useful connections among concepts. The dark side metaphor is only one among many that can be applied to the study of communication and relationships. Yet, it is one that manifests multifarious meanings and offers a fecund source of scholarly insight. The chapters in this volume clearly evidence that the dark side metaphor is provocative, revealing, and heuristic.

The dark side metaphor conjures up several shades of meaning. The most fundamental sense of dark simply suggests dimly lit, concealed, or obscured. Many of the topics covered in this volume constitute familiar but complicated situations that are particularly challenging or problematic, both for the social actors who experience them and for the social researchers attempting to explain and predict them. The dark side metaphor stimulates us to consider these pervasive but elusive and neglected areas of inquiry. Whatever the dark side consists of, it begs for enlightenment.

Perhaps the most salient semantic aspect of the dark side metaphor is its

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • References ix
  • PART I - Shades of Darkness in Interpersonal Relations 1
  • Chapter 1 - Stratagems, Spoils, and a Serpent's Tooth: On the Delights and Dilemmas of Personal Relationships 3
  • Acknowledgments 20
  • References 20
  • Chapter 2 - The Dark Side of (in) Competence 25
  • References 41
  • PART II - The Maze of Messages 51
  • Chapter 3 - Messages that Hurt 53
  • Acknowledgments 78
  • References 78
  • Chapter 4 - Patterns of Interational Paradoxes 83
  • References 100
  • Chapter 5 - Equivocations as an Interactional Event 105
  • References 122
  • PART III - The Face Beneath the Masks 125
  • Chapter 6 - Conversational Dilemmas 127
  • References 157
  • Chapter 7 - Social Predicaments 159
  • References 176
  • Chapter 8 - Deception 181
  • Acknowledgments 211
  • References 211
  • PART IV - Relational Webs 215
  • Chapter 9 - Relational Transgressions 217
  • References 238
  • Chapter 10 - Privacy Binds in Family Interactions: The Case of Parental Privacy Invasion 241
  • References 256
  • Chapter 11 - The Dark Side of "Normal" Family Interaction 259
  • References 276
  • Chapter 12 - Physical and Psychological Abuse 281
  • References 306
  • PART V - Fetching Good out of Evil 313
  • Chapter 13 - Dark Side Dénouement 315
  • References 319
  • AUTHOR INDEX 321
  • SUBJECT INDEX 335
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