Saturday, May 30, 2009

Wikipedia's Definition of Friendship

Friendship is co-operative and supportive behavior between two or more people. In this sense, the term connotes a relationship which involves mutual knowledge, esteem, and affection and respect along with a degree of rendering service to friends in times of need or crisis.

Friends will welcome each other's company and exhibit loyalty towards each other, often to the point of altruism. Their tastes will usually be similar and may converge, and they will share enjoyable activities. They will also engage in mutually helping behavior, such as exchange of advice and the sharing of hardship. A friend is someone who may often demonstrate reciprocating and reflective behaviors. Yet for many, friendship is nothing more than the trust that someone or something will not harm them.

Value that is found in friendships is often the result of a friend demonstrating the following on a consistent basis:
the tendency to desire what is best for the other,
sympathy and empathy,
honesty, perhaps in situations where it may be difficult for others to speak the truth, especially in terms of pointing out the perceived faults of one's counterpart,
mutual understanding.

In a comparison of personal relationships, friendship is considered to be closer than association, although there is a range of degrees of intimacy in both friendships and associations. Friendship and association can be thought of as spanning across the same continuum. The study of friendship is included in sociology, anthropology, philosophy, and zoology. Various theories of friendship have been proposed, among which are social psychology, social exchange theory, equity theory, relational dialectics, and attachment styles. See Interpersonal relationships


Sometimes, I dont feel as if I'm a great friend and other times I feel as I am. Maybe thats how it works, sometimes we're better at something than at others.

I usually consider everyone a friend until we have such a huge falling out that its unrepairable. ie, you've killed a loved one or you would kill me if given the chance. I guess thats where I draw my line.

I must admit, I've been mean to my friends, at times. I've been rude, harsh, and jealous. However, I've also loved them with my whole heart, or as much as possible. I've given them my loyalty, and I think thats the one thing I truly offer in my friendships-I'll be there til the end. I may make a mess of it at times, but I'll still see ya through.

What does the word friend mean to you?
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