About friends and friendships web covers what friendships are, how to build friendships from casual friends, maintaining friendships, and what happens when friendships end.

The Friends and Friendships Web.
The friendship web explains the basics of friendship, making friends, and maintaining true friendships.

There is no substitute for a friend!

What is friendship? Friendship is an in-depth relationship. Friendship is comfortable and relaxed. Friendship requires meeting the needs of both friends.

Building a friendship from casual friends. Building  friendships takes time. Friendships  require self-disclosure so any friendship has risks, Talking and listening builds friendships. Friendships require equality and loyalty from friends.

Maintenance of friendships is crucial. Friendships can not be neglected. One-on-one contact is a prerequisite of friendships. Friends must be flexible. Conflict must be resolved for friendships  to continue.

Friendships do end. Friendships may not last. Friendships can lose importance and die gradually. Some friendships end abruptly with unresolved conflict. The worst enemy of friendships is change by one or both friends. There is usually pain with the loss of friendship.

Setting Limits in Friendships Friendships as well as all other relationships must have limits. You set limits with your friends because you care for them and your relationship with them, not because you don't.

Manipulation: If you think you are being manipulated, either by a friend, mate/lover, or relative, take this short test to check it out.

Conversation: Being able to carry on a comfortable conversation with a social acquaintance is a matter of practice and following certain procedures in communicating. It also works for best friends, too.

Toxic Friends and Toxic Friendships Not all friendships are good for you. How to recognize toxic friends.

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Best Friends: How to Grow a Friend
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Friend-Friendship Directory. Friendship Defined.
Building Friendships. What Is Friendship?

Conversations with Friends.

Toxic Friends-Friendships.
Maintaining Friendships. Friendships Do End.
Friends and Manipulation. Friendship is comfortable.
Losing a Friend. 12 Steps to Grow a Friend.
People Equal Friends. Friends Equal Talk .
Friends Acknowledge Friends. Friends Listen to Friends.
Friends Attend to Friends. Friends Show Empathy.
Friends Touch. Friends Praise Friends.
Friends Are Loyal. Friends Are Equal.
Friends Reveal Feelings. Friends Do Not Mind Read.

Friends Don't Manipulate Friends.

Setting Limits in Friendships.
Review The Friendship Factor. Review When Friendship Hurts
Review The Friendship Crisis

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