Friendship – An Emotional Relationship Between Two Persons

Friendship – An Emotional Relationship Between Two Persons

Friendship is a bond that exists between two people who understand each other well. Often they have same interests and trust each other to a great extent. A true friend will help his friend when it becomes necessary at any cost. Study of friendship is done on sociology, anthropology, social psychology and in philosophy.

The main manifestations of friendship are the desire to do things beneficial to the other, sympathy, honesty towards the other even in difficult situations, trust on each other for emotional support when in difficult situations and the ability to express whatever one wants to the other without fear of judgment against himself.

Friendship has been a topic for discussion even in the ancient Greek and Roman cultures. Aristotle and Plato have discussed the values attached to friendship. In many instances they have described a friend and a lover in the same vein. It was written by Aristotle that a true friend is related to his friend the same way he is related to himself.

Different values are being attributed to friendship in different cultures. In the Near East and the Far East, friendship is more demanding than in the other cultures. They are devoted and respect each other. They will do sacrifices on others behalf when it becomes necessary without considering it as an imposition.

Germans have few friends and also they don’t make friends easily. This appears to people from other cultures as if they are aloof. But they make good friends. The only difference between them and others is that Germans take a long time to make friends with an acquaintance.

In Russia, people have very few friends. Normally between friends they address one another by their first names. Though Russians have fewer friends they have deeper bonds with the ones they have. Though they may have people with whom they share a drink or a meal they are not always considered friends.

In American society, the term is used freely. For them being acquainted with a person a couple of times is enough for the two to become friends. The emergence of social media sites such as MySpace and Facebook also have devalued the term as people make friends through them without even seeing one another. A recent study has shown that Americans have lesser number of friends now. The average number of friends a person has come down from 4 to 2 after 1985. The study also showed that 25% of the Americans do not have true friends. []Friendship is an emotional bond of some sort that exists between two people. It ensures that one is faithful to the other. Many philosophers have tried to study friendship as it is an important ingredient in society.

1 Comment

  1. Dear Sir/Mam

    I just read an article on your site about friendship vs. emotional relationship. I have a gf who told me that she was in a relationship in the past. After knowing more about her past I always thought that it could be a close friendship, but she has never backed down from her statement about relationship. She has also said clearly that she was not involved in any type of physical relationship with the other guy. She was in this relationship for almost an year and I guess that the emotional feelings were pretty strong.
    Few things she also told me that she was never in love with that guy, he wasn’t good looking and doesn’t have a proper career. She knew her parents would never approve of this guy, this girl never before believed in gf-bf relations yet this guy had proposed to her and she had accepted. Also at that time my gf was in a very lonely and insecure place due to her surroundings. Now I know that she is highly emotional person and very social also. Now what I am trying to figure out is what could have been so powerful driving factors that made her accept his proposal after so many surrounding issues. What could have gone through her mind at that instant. Also when she insists that it was a relationship my mind pictures it as a physical relationship don’t know the significance or elements of an emotional relationship.

    Can you help me with some insight on this, I just find uncomfortable talking to her about romantic things because I feel that is something she had already experienced.


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