Nonverbal conflict behaviors: Functions, strategies, and tactics

Deborah A. Newton, Judee K Burgoon

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Relationship conflict typically occurs because at least one party perceives a violation or threat to relationship rules, themes, beliefs, or boundaries (Galvin & Brommel, 1986). Conflict becomes a suasory process as partners tacitly or overtly attempt to negotiate these violations or threats. Thus, conflict necessarily involves interpersonal influence, or the use of verbal and nonverbal strategies to establish, reinforce, and alter others’ cognitions, emotions, and behaviors (Seibold, Cantrill, & Meyers, 1985).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIntimates in Conflict
Subtitle of host publicationA Communication Perspective
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9781136477133
ISBN (Print)0805811699, 9780805811698
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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