This chapter discusses what people do when they openly cooperate in one another's presence to sustain some joint form of activity. The chapter suggests that it is fruitful to look upon the behavior of people engaged in focused interaction as an organized, skilled performance, analogous to skills such as car driving. It outlines the model that has been developed in the past several years for the analysis of sensorimotor skills, but with specific reference to the interaction situation. Studies of the patterns of activity involved in interaction has been then be reviewed and considered all aspects of a person's behavior that have been found to affect the other in interaction, including physical proximity, posture, orientation, language, and speech, patterns of looking at the other, bodily movements, and facial expression. The chapter indicates the way these different aspects of behavior are interrelated. It mentions the presentation of the self-image, the breakdown of the social performance, and the question of training in specific social skills.
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