|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||The International Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Communication|
|Editors||Charles R Berger, Michael E Roloff|
|State||Published - 2016|
Communicating is typically viewed as an important way to meet needs and solve problems. Indeed, some forms of communication effectively meet goals. Yet it sometimes can fail. To address this problem, social scientists have studied maladaptive communication sequences. This entry examines the nature of these sequences, identifies the antecedents of maladaptive sequences, types of maladaptive behaviors and patterns, and discusses ways to prevent them.