A Lifetime of Communication explores the developmental processes that make for uniquely human change and growth. In this distinctive work, author Julie Yingling utilizes a single case example of a child, her parents, and other influential figures to demonstrate developmental interaction and transformational life events. Using relational and dialogic perspectives, Yingling follows the child from infancy into adolescence and adulthood, through the stages which the child acquires the means to communicate, to form and develop through relationships, to build human cognitive processes, and to understand the self as a responsible part of the social world.
The work presents traditional and cutting-edge developmental theories as well as current research and relational perspectives in a palatable framework, employing a case example from a person's life at the start of each content chapter. Yingling examines communication and cognition in the various stages of human development, making connections between communication, relationships, and maturation. She also distinguishes the biological and physiological portions of development from those that are relational and self-directed. She concludes the volume with a summary of relational dialogical theory and a discussion of the implications of this perspective of development-both for the future of communication study and for personal growth.
This monograph offers many new insights to scholars in human development, relationships, family studies, social psychology, and others interested in communication and relationships across the life span. It is also appropriate for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in relationships, developmental communication, and relational communication.
Contents: Series Foreword. Preface. Developmental Processes: A Brief Theoretical History. Infant Development: Biological Endowments and Beyond. Cocreating Self and Other: Influence and Reciprocity in the First 2 Years. Creating a Mind: Dialogue in Symbols. Early Relationships: Knowing the Other. Childhood: Negotiating Competence Between Self and Other. Adolescence: Flowers of Maturation, Seeds of Dialectics. The College Years: Rhetorical Challenges at the Boundaries. Young Adulthood: Romancing Other and Self. Middle Adulthood: Nurturing and Relinquishing Youth. Older Adulthood: Power in Drawing Together and Falling Apart. Human Communication Futures: Beyond Dualities to Dialogic Consciousness.