Friendship is a relationship and concern between individuals and provides positive emotional support. Friends care for one another and look out for each other. In order for a deep understanding to occur between friends it requires opening up about personal things, listening carefully, and being loyal to one another. Friendship and association are often thought of as spanning across the same continuum and are sometimes viewed as weaknesses.

The study of friendship is included in the fields of sociology, social psychology, anthropology,philosophy, and zoology. Various academic theories of friendship have been proposed, among which are social exchange theory, equity theory, relational dialectics, and attachment styles. 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 and compassion; ability to go to each other for emotional support * Enjoyment of each other’s company * Trust in one another * Positive reciprocity — a relationship is based on equal give-and-take between the two parties. The Study of Friendships in Adolescent Development Friendships in adolescent development include positive influences on how they act, feel, and think, and also problematic aspects including negative peer pressure.

Which one is more prominent? To find out one needs to consider the characteristics of friends and how these friendships form. A study was conducted by the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health where 9,234 American adolescents were examined to determine how their engagement in problem behavior (stealing, fighting, sexual activity, truancy) was related to the kinds of friends they had and to the peer networks and schools in which these friendships were located. Findings revealed that adolescents were less likely to engage in problem behavior when their riends did well in school, participated in school activities, avoided drinking and had good mental health. Also, these positive characteristics are greater when done together within the social group. How adolescents are affected by friendships could be shaped by their location in their group. For example, the one who is most central to their peer networks were the most influenced by their friends. Results also found that adolescents has less problematic behavior when they attended schools with similar characteristics to their friends (friends who did well at school at an academically rigorous school).

Ones that engaged in more problem behavior resulted from friends with opposing characteristics to the school (friends who drank at an academically rigorous school). Thus, whether adolescents were influenced by their friends to engage in problem behavior depended on how much they were exposed to these friends and whether they and their friendship groups “fit in” at school. Friendship is a feeling of love and affection of one person for another. This feeling of love must be reciprocated. Otherwise friendship cannot be possible.

Friendship does not exist where tastes, feelings and sentiments are not similar. The famous essayist Bacon has warned against the friendship between a very rich person and a very poor person. Economic disparity damages friendship. Thus friendship is a feeling of affection between two likeminded persons of uniform status. It is said that a friend in need is a friend in deed. There may be many friends at the time of prosperity. But most of them desert at the time of adversity. We can examine the sincerity of a friend during our time of hardship and trouble.

Only a sincere and faithful friend remains with us at the time of our trouble. All others leave us. It is very painful when our friends turn traitors. Money is an enemy of friendship. Everybody has an attraction for money. When lending or borrowing of money is done between two friends, there is great risk. Friendship may be affected. So it is wise for true friends to avoid monetary transaction. Vanity is another element which breaks friendship. Everybody has self-respect. When a person tries to criticise his friend, their friendship is affected.

So friendship must be treated very delicately. Very often some hypocrites pretend to be friends. They are more dangerous than avowed enemies. By telling soft words they bring enormous ruin to us. A true friend never exploits. He rather surrenders. But at present, the meaning of friendship has changed. There are many fair-weathered friends. They terminate their friendly tie as soon as their interests are fulfilled. It is very difficult to find a true friend today. It is better to establish true friendship with either a dog or an elephant.

Both these beasts will remain faithful to their human friends. Today, friendship between two persons is short-lived. Good friends exercise good influence. They always help their friends, in distress and inspire them to walk on the right path. But evil friends ruin us completely. Advantages and Disadvantages of FriendshipHow often is there a discussion about the advantages and disadvantages of friendship? Rarely does anyone speak of the disadvantages of friendship but there are some worth noting.

However, when you remember all the * advantages of friendship, * benefits of friendship, * love you receive from a meaningful, deep, intimate, beautiful friendship,you see that the disadvantages are minimal. Yes, they’re real and not be be ignored. They are part of the challenges of deepening friendship and keeping friends. The main disadvantage of friendship is having to be present when your friend needs you. Not necessarily in person, but on the phone or online. You must be willing to really be there for your friend in times of need.

And that usually means helping her understand and weather some emotional upheaval or challenge she’s experiencing. “Can you handle the emotional turbulence friendships require? “, you might be wondering? Emotional upheavals are a biggie in all friendships, in all relationships that are more than just casual acquaintances. When it comes to men and a discussion of advantages and disadvantages of friendship, keep in mind men don’t express their feelings as easily and as frequently as women do. That’s why it often takes 10 years of marriage for men and women to become best friends with each other.

Whereas women get to best friends much quicker. Obviously other factors are involved, but it’s important for you to point out to your kids that emotional ups and downs are part and parcel of friendships. I know some days I have more difficulties than other days in dealing with friend’s emotional stuff. However, my closest friends and I know that if we’re not able to be fully present in the moment, that we schedule a later time to be there and be available for our friend. This usually works well, and helps each maintain a sense of dignity and respect for themselves as well as for the relationship.

Another possible disadvantage of friendship is that you have to make time for friendship. In today’s hectic, stressed out, fast paced world of do, do and do some more, are you willing to invest in friendship? It really depends on your values: what’s more important to you, having more love in your life from a friend or (you fill in the blank)? Good friends, even mothers with full schedules, know the importance of friendship and make the efforts to keep a few close friends. Without friends, it’s almost impossible to live a meaningful existence.

Some people can survive without friends, but if you have the opportunity to keep friends, you discover it’s worth the effort. Friends are food for your soul and spirit. So when you think about advantages and disadvantages of friendship, keep in mind theImportance of Friendshipand the gifts you receive from a beautiful friendship. When you consider all you gain from friendships, all the heart warming times you share with friends, it’s definitely worth whatever disadvantages you must experience. | In life every one will meet many people that say that they are your friend, but you will make only a few true friends.

What is a friend? In the dictionary a friend is defined as one that is not hostile, or one attached to another by affection or esteem, a favored companion. In my opinion a friend is much more than that. A friend is some one that will stand by you, even during the toughest times. To me friendship is about believing in your friends and helping them to achieve all they can or want to do in life. We are there for each other with hugs, advice, kind words, fights, and anger, whatever comes along. When the day ends, we are still friends who have each other no matter what happens.