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Every family member. Every neighbor. Every coworker. Every stranger. Every person is a potential friend.

Isn’t it strange how the word “friend” conjures closer ties than words like relative, sibling, or even spouse? Yet it is even a double blessing when one’s friend continuingeducation happens to also be a husband, wife or family member.

Friend. One of the sweetest words in any language, whatever it is called in that language. Friend. A person with whom you are in harmony, one accord. Someone that understands you, someone that you understand. One you are in rapport with. A friend is a human what career is right for me being who has become more human to you than anyone else. To become a friend is to become a person in a greater sense, at a deeper level, than merely being another human.

Friendship. Why don’t we define or describe friendship as a “ship” with just friends on board? A ship that carries no other cargo but friends. Really, in true friendship, the two of you do feel like you have climbed into some kind of vessel that floats above and houstonseoexpert beyond the  ordinary. Friendship. A simple network of two persons who have discovered a special chemistry for a relationship in which each person says things and acts in ways that benefit the other. The epitome and glory of a life aglow with unselfishness. Life at its peak and very best is friendship.

Yet there is an irony to friendship: the benefits of the birth of friendship can match the blight of the death of friendship. Just as many lives have been transformed by the discovery of true friendship, so many lives have been torn down by the destruction of the same. Therefore, houstonseocompany to ease or lighten the blow of friendship’s demise, it really behooves us to understand friendship in its many complex aspects and facets. Though friendship itself is a very simple human relationship, there is not much that is simplistic about the ingredients and tenets that go into making a great friendship.

First, there are various types of friendship with reference to time or timing. Every genuine friendship is a timely relationship. As such, a friendship can be continuingeducationfornurses seasonal, temporary, or permanent.

Seasonal friendship is one that is on and off, based on the season in either friend’s life. Seasonal friendship is only useful and rewarding when the season is right, or else, one person or both become a bother.
Temporary friendship comes to an end after it has served its purpose. Attempts to prolong a temporary friendship may create disrespect for a friend, resentment or even enmity towards an ex-friend. It is often better to let a temporary friendship die, or you may Houston SEO find yourself playing the undertaker, regretting why you revived the corpse in the first place. Friendship can never be a forced relationship; so, when it’s over, let it go.
Permanent friendship is the yearning of everyone who values friendship. Yet a lifelong friend is a treasure too few and far between. After more than 40 years on Planet Earth, I can claim about 3 permanent friends so far, and one of them is my wife. The average person so desires each and every friendship to be lifelong that she tries to force the issue and keep a friendship on life tradeschool support, when it would be far better to eulogize the thing and just let it go to the trash bin of human relationships. When you find a truly permanent friendship, the circumstances and dynamics of that relationship will serve to sustain it over the years. No need to repair a temp friend to make him or her perm.

Second, every friendship has a basis on which it sits and rests. It is important to know what a friendship is based on. Friendship can be based on affinity, nocreditcheckcarlots personality, common bond, need or interest.

In an affinity-based friendship, two friends just take a natural liking or attraction to each other. They just seem to click. It’s a chemistry thing. This form of friendship tends to lean towards romantic involvement, though it may develop between two people who usedcarshouston may never drag romance into it. Affinity friends do not have to be alike. In fact, they may actually be opposites, but as we know from magnetic poles, opposites can and do attract.
In a personality-based friendship, two individuals become friends because they are similar; they may both be reserved (introvert), outgoing (extrovert), or mediocre (average) for that matter. Or politically, they may be conservative, liberal or moderate in their views. They physicaltherapycontinuingeducation may both be secular, progressive, religious or traditional.
Common-bond friendship is one between persons of a similar ethnicity (two Hispanics), religion (two Muslims), church (two Baptists), nationality (two Chinese), team (two Celtics fans) or life experience (two refugees). Yes, birds of like feather do flock together.
In a need-based friendship, two persons came together because one of them had a need that the other helped meet. For example, you become friends with the person who paid for your stay at a motel when you lost your job or when you just got of jail. Need-based friendship can be an uncomfortable union of unequals, unless something happens for the two friends to switch roles, whereby the one who had received help before becomes the helper in a situation that puts the original helper at a point of need. For example, the guy who paid his friend’s motel bill gets evicted by his landlord and has to lodge with his friend who now owns an apartment. Because of the usually one-sided nature lexushouston of need-based friendship, it is often not a simultaneously enjoyable experience for both friends. Therefore, this form of friendship is often short-lived, if the “needy” and the “savior” do not switch hats throughout the relationship.
Interest-based friendship is one in which two friends share a common interest, which may be sports, music, career path, books, movies, travel, etc. This form of friendship is likely to terminate if one person replaces the interest that formed the basis of the relationship. For example, if you and I became friends primarily because we were members of the same band, our friendship bmwhouston may bite the dust if our band disbands. Interest-based friendship runs the risk of being very superficial, though it can become deep and meaningful if the parties put in the effort needed to keep it interesting.

Third, every real friendship has a purpose. A friendship should be active and mutual in order to fulfill its purpose. Why do humans become friends? Let’s itemize the manifold purpose of friendship for the two persons involved:

Mutual assistance: friends are to help each other; a audihouston relationship of enablement is an abuse of friendship.
Motivation: friends encourage each other; they edify or build up each other; they inspire each other to succeed and excel beyond mediocrity.
Improvement: friends make each other better; friends sharpen each other; King Solomon described it as iron sharpening iron; friends improve each other’s personhood, self-esteem, confidence or performance as iron sharpens iron.
Advancement or Progress: friends help each other quickbooksclassesnearme move from one point to the other
Maturity: friends nurture each other to grow up, become mature, a more complete person.
Endurance: friendship is a coping mechanism; a true friend gives you the edge in difficult times, because she will strengthen and empower you to cope with some of life’s toughest challenges; friends see each other through hardship, without being mere bystanders. Friendship can make the difference between surviving war, as prisoner of war, or life in a refugee camp.

Friendship that fails to somehow in some way make one or both friends better cannot be called genuine friendship. It may be a leech-connection, a sponge-bond,  businessanalysttraining or codependency, but not friendship in the true sense of the concept. Any friendship that ceases to make one better no longer has any purpose for being kept alive.When friendship ends, former friends often become disappointed, or worse. But this need not be case. You can experience a better closure to the death of friendship, so that a little piece of your life does not die with every deceased friendship of your past. For this to happen, you need to look at the “failure” or downfall of every friendship differently. As serious as the death of a friendship is, it can be a time to refresh and regroup, without taking yourself off the shelf or display at Friendship Mall. Think, speak and believe ideas along these lines:

Resentment rejected: I refuse to be bitter or resentful towards my ex-friend.
Regret unnecessary: Instead of regret the end to our earlychildhooddevelopment friendship, I choose to savor all the good times we spent together and the good things that came from our friendship when it was alive and well. Do the same thing that bereaved people do at funerals; moan the loss but cherish and treasure the precious memories.
Gratitude: I am grateful and thankful that our paths crossed and our lives connected; somehow I believe this world is a better place, because we met and shared our lives.
Not Abandoned: Just because our friendship has ended does not mean my ex-friend betrayed or abandoned me. It doesn’t mean he did not appreciate all I did for him, or what we meant to each other. There may be things going on in her life that I can’t or don’t understand for now.

Purpose served: Our friendship has served a purpose. Perhaps it was meant to be only a temporary friendship, which is no less valuable than a permanent friendship.
Potential Friend: For my part, I refuse to consider physicaltherapycontinuingeducation my one-time friend an enemy. My ex-friend remains a potential friend, but I will leave that to the twists and turns of life.
Better Me: In the mean time, I will work on myself, so that the next person who is fortunate to have me as friend will have one of the best friends they ever had. Yes, I’ll remain friendly and keep the entrance to friendship a double door, ready to fling wide open again if life would have it so.

Being a great friend means that you understand the value of friendship. It also means that you are aware of the type of friendship you are in, the basis for your physicaldevelopmentinearlychildhood friendship, the purpose of friendship, and how to bring positive closure to a fallen friendship

On the three levels of friendship and understanding social personality patterns according to friendship styles.

With social networking the very crux of modern virtual living, it is simply not possible to avoid a psychology of friendship. But friendship may not be as simple as it seems as it has got several layers and complexities and friendship can be of many types. Yet friendship like love  tradeschoolsintexas depends on the single factor of attraction and in this case, it is more of a mental and emotional rather than physical attraction. So when romantic love begins with physical attraction, friendship is more mental, emotional or psychological.

Among maybe thousands of students we meet in school or a few hundred we meet at the workplace, we finally become close and attain a level of friendship bookkeepingclasses with very few or limited people. So like love, friendship also goes through our internal filter and as we choose our lovers unconsciously, even our friends are chosen unconsciously as we intuitively understand who could be our true friends.

Apart from the fact that there is this unconscious and intuitive filter which we exercise when we choose our friends or lovers, we also do get consciously attracted to people with whom we develop long lasting relationships and friendships. This attraction could be mercedesbenzhouston sexual but most likely we are attracted to the personality, to someone whose personal style, mannerisms  and attitudes seem fascinating, intriguing or simply similar. There could be a narcissistic theory to this as we choose friends who may look, talk or think like we do and usually there is this mental rapport from the very beginning. Just as love could happen at first sight, friendship could also begin with ‘like’ at first sight.

Now this liking could have several gradations and in some cases you would simply like to remain as contact as in social networking. You simply follow a person on twitter or add someone as friend on face book because there is this basic or unconscious liking or at porschehouston least a realization that there could be some gain from the virtual relationship. However this is the first superficial layer of friendship just as you would smile at or share a piece of news with a complete stranger in a train without ever keeping in touch or meeting again. This sort of friendship is the ‘random friendship’ variety.

Most of your social network friends who you do not know would be such random friends and s hadoopcertification trangers who you meet once and share a random conversation in a flight or a train or a bus would also be such random friends. This is the first layer or stage of friendship and in most cases we do not go beyond this stage. Most people we meet in our lives would be such random friends. This is a friendship of no expectations on both sides. This sort of friendship fulfils our basic social interaction and communication needs. Say for example, you give a speech at a conference and some people ask you questions and you answer them, to you these are your listeners but in this basic interaction there is a sense of rapport and almost an initial level of friendship. These, your listeners who choose to communicate with you are your random friends and they fulfil your hondadealershiphouston interaction and communication needs.

The next stage of friendship is the distal friendship stage is which there is some unconscious or conscious expectation from the friendship and there may be a conscious sexual or emotional attraction. This sort of friendship is with people you regularly communicate cognitivedevelopmentinearlychildhood with and you are also most likely interested in their activities. Distal friends are people you may or may not meet but are people with whom you want to maintain a long term and meaningful relationship and in most cases you have some knowledge of what goes on in their social or personal lives. This is the second level of friendship and second type of friendship and although there is expectation from this sort of relation, there may not be any clear idea as to what expectations there are. You simply know that you want to remain in touch with such friends and they are more than just contacts. These insurancecontinuingeducation friends fulfil our power and recognition needs as with such friends we are assured that there are people in the world who care about us and are interested in our lives, dreams and achievements.

The third stage and type of friendship is of close proximal variety and this is the friendship between family members, close school friends, close workmates and friendship between spouses and lovers. In this sort of friendship there could be many expectations and there is sometimes an intuitive emotional connection. The initial reason for friendship could be physical attraction as in spouses or simply emotional connection as with family members or there could be a shared life and shared physical activity as in case of school or work friends. The close or proximal friends would know  careeraptitudetest most details of your life and this sort of friendship entails expectations of sharing which may or may not be realistically possible. For example if sons and daughters leave home to work or study abroad, the parents who are still close friends would expect that their children would talk to them every week and this may not always be feasible. These close or proximal friends or stage of friendship fulfils our basic security, love and safety needs.

Thus from these stages or types of friendship you would know that the most essential types of friends are the close friends followed by distal friends and then random friends. Some individuals have more random friends than others and are thus of outgoing houstonseoexpert extroverted personality. These individuals are generally more curious about the world, have leadership are more open and communicative, they are also possibly very creative. However their primary needs are for social interaction and communication.

The second type of individual has more distal friends or social contacts with whom they are neither too close nor are they completely aloof. Such individuals have a wide range of social contacts with expectations but few random contacts and they are of mixed extroverted-introverted personality pattern. That means on a scale of 10, their extroversion would be 5 to 7. The primary need for such individuals is power or recognition. Of course this could have varied possibilities as with public or social figures and personalities such as writers, actors or politicians, there will naturally be more houstonseocompany random contacts, yet as natural preference some public personalities will prefer social recognition as opposed to social communication. This preference is the basis of their social personality and would define the kind of friendship they choose to have.

The third type of individual is completely introverted and these are poets or artists or simply individuals who like to work on their own and lean heavily on their close network of friends and family members. Such individuals may have limited social contacts and very few random contacts and may not enjoy leadership positions. In some cases their introversion or aloofness would overshadow any leadership skills they do have. Such individuals could be very creative as well  careertrainingprogram but this creativity may lead to complex ideas and highlight the subjective. In this case close friendship which fulfils love, safety and security needs are the primary needs of such individuals and such individuals are more emotion and security, or home and family oriented rather than communication or recognition oriented. From these three friendship patterns it is possible to delineate these three types of social personality based on social interactions.

Of course at the moment this is popular psychology and very little research in social psychology has studied levels of friendship, friendship in social networking or friendship styles that could relate to personality. Yet in the future psychology would not be able to avoid such research and with increased importance of social networking and virtual friendship, psychology will have millionairementor to study how friendships are formed, why certain people become our friends and why different levels of friendship are attained with different individuals. Although there are theories on friendship and group formation in children, more studies into adult relationship formation and friendship would be necessary in psychology. Research studies will also have to be conducted to determine whether people with more random friends are ever curious creative types seeking communication and whether people with more distal friends and fewer random friends seek power and achievement and whether adultcontinuingeducation introverted individuals primarily lean on emotional security. With increased technological possibilities and an ever connected world, friendship remains a very fertile area of study in the social sciences.
We all know human beings are gregarious by nature. It is due to this nature of ours, social life has immense infusion to our individual life. Perhaps that is why the great Greek Philosopher, Aristotle, claims man to be a social animal. Now friendship, if we further contemplate, is an indispensable reality of social life. In this brief paper, my aim is to provide a general idea of what mentorschools true friendship is, along with its importance and benefits.

Denis Diderot, in his encyclopedia, defines friendship as “the commerce (with someone) in which the heart takes an interest because of the pleasure it derives from it.” Diderot further posits that the commerce involving pure mind rather than the heart is an acquaintance, not friendship. I would like to add a point to his claim. According to him, heart captures interest because of the “pleasure” friendship derives. Seeking only pleasure in friendship seems quite self-centered and unoriginal. Moreover, the source of affection and love between people, other than for kinsfolk, cannot simply be based on pleasure only. The truth is, however, when the heart finds interest due to the “virtues thementornetwork of the fellow person”, it is true friendship. Pleasure, namely, is one of the many influential upshots of a faithful relationship.

Many have also questioned the durability of friendships; how long a friendship between individuals is reckoned to last, in relation to diverse circumstances? The time period of a general friendship is considered to depend on multiple factors such as intensity of bond, age, dwelling, etc. In spite of this information, I personally believe a true friendship is never-ending, or more specifically, has timeless memories; both happy and sad. In some cases, friends might not be practically together due to residence remoteness and/or excessive work exertion. Yet, time and time again, a part in their hearts echoes with affection for one another; they are present in each others’ hearts. Now incubation I would invite the readers to attend to the benefits of being under this umbrella of true love and source of ageless memories.

Benefits of Friendship

For quite some time, psychologists and researchers were tempted to discover the benefits of friendship. Though exploration still continues on the subject in an enormous amount, so far, tons of studies and programs have declared friendship “life-enhancing” (1). In contrast, the absence of friendship, or to simply put it; loneliness is deemed damaging to mental and mentorship physical health. The question is, what aspects of life and health does friendship influences, in order for, we call it “life-enhancing”? Let us explore the answer.

Conventional intelligence believes; friendships boost the individual’s sense of happiness. Happiness, in turn, has scores of positive biological and psychological impacts. For example, according to the research of Kira M. Newman, a writer and editor, happiness systematically protects the heart, strengthens the immune system, diminishes stress, combats diseases and disability, and enhances longevity. A couple of other potential advantages of friendships, proposed by many researchers, include the opportunity to learn about empathy and problem solving. Moreover, in front of friends, an individual feels at ease with his or her personal identity and innate habits. Such a comfortable zone directs usedcarshouston  the person towards no pressure; rather, it contributes to self-confidence and social development.

What is more, true friends are selfless and supportive to their fellow friends at difficult times. They can act as a source of motivation for one another, concerning the hardships of life. A report from Mayo Clinic is parallel to the prescription: friendships “increase your sense of belonging and purpose”; furthermore, they “help you cope with traumas, such as divorce, serious illness, job loss or the death of a loved one.” Therefore, one can avow, friendships are highly effective for the emotional cardealershipsinhouston dimension of human beings as well.

Conflicts in Friendship

In friendships too, like in any other relationship, involved individuals can quarrel, now and then. These disputes are temporary and are melted away by the warmth of mutual affection and understanding between true friends. However, lack of productive efforts or knowledge can exacerbate the situation as well. Hence, it is wise to explore the foundation of these clashes, in order to prevent them in the first place. Sufficient knowledge on the subject can also help the person to distinguish his true friends from the fake ones. Under this section, I underpin (and clarify) the reasons for realestatecontinuingeducation conflicts in friendships into three chief bases; triviality, external grounds, and communication gaps.

Firstly, disputes may ensue when a trivial approach, intentional or unintentional, is adopted by an involved individual concerning friendship. A trivial approach, technically, refers to expressing insignificance in friendship or not taking the responsibility of being a friend sincerely. This can be due to paucity of knowledge about the role of accountability in friendship by the person (unintentional) or deliberate reasons (intentional), directing to the warning of a fake friend. The unintentional case is usually concerned towards the lower age groups of society. Let houstoncraigslistcars us observe the insightful words of Khalil Gibran on this matter, “friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity (2).” It is noteworthy, responsibility in friendship is never onerous, for this reason, Mr. Gibran utilizes the word “sweet” before responsibility to brush aside any sort of misleading interpretation.

Secondly, a third-party aims to jeopardize friendship between individuals, owing to hatred or in their own personal interest. Assuming either motive, loyalty and honest communication between friends are the best remedies to thwart any iniquitous intervention.

Lastly, communication gaps occur when the message intended to be delivered by the speaker is not understood by the recipient. The reason behind this, as the name suggests, is poor communication. In friendships, this leads to misapprehension carsforsaleinhouston and, thus, towards negative estimations about the fellow friend. Solution to the issue lies in communication itself. Honest and open communication, or technically, effective communicative skills can ultimately bridge the communication gaps, and reduce the likelihood of their proliferation.

To conclude, friendship is an astounding and somewhat special gift of life; one which systematically benefits the friends at social and mental level, and in another sense, psychologically strengthens their willpower to live life confidently and optimistically, regardless of what the circumstances might be. Obviously, true friendship demands certain responsibilities at times, yet one should always remember that such responsibilities are “sweet”, which eventually used cars for sale in houston result in creating pleasant and timeless memories! And once these memories are implanted in the brain, they somehow find a way to sprout the flower of love in the hearts. That’s why I think we can construe friendship as “bridge between the hearts” – don’t you agree?

“Electronic communication is an instantaneous and illusory contact that creates a sense of intimacy without the emotional investment that leads to close friendships.” – Clifford Stoll, Silicon Snake Oil

It’s not enough that so many relationships at work, at home and at play are disintegrating, losing their connectivity, intimacy and depth of likability. Now folks have the opportunity to create new relationships, poof!, by buying and selling “friendship.” uSocial, an Australian marketing company will save you the time and trouble of creating friendships by “buying” you a usedcarshoustontx few thousand friends and buddies. If you’re feeling friendship-deficient, uSocial will help you “buy” friends by the thousand on Facebook for a mere $200 per thousand! So, need to feel like a somebody by being the friend of someone who’s popular, or need to have someone like you, or have no friends, just ante up! Money talks and it says: “buy or sell your friendship!”

What if I don’t have $200?

While many may scoff at the superficiality and inanity of actually buying or selling “friendship,” many of us actually do “trade” for friendship, albeit not with money. How so?

Self-sacrificing for friendship

One way many folks cultivate friendship is by houstonclassiccars doing-doing-doing for others in the hopes of buying their acceptance and approval – their friendship. Even committed and married couples do this with one another. We do this at work with colleagues and bosses, at home with partners, spouses, children and parents, and in the outside world with neighbors and others. We sacrifice our own self, our integrity, our time, even our hopes and dreams to please others so we can feel accepted, loved and “be their friend.”

In addition, many even sacrifice their life force so they can be accepted by someone whose “friendship” they feel they desperately need. They’ll shun relating to particular co-workers, or bosses, or relatives, for example, in order to be accepted by someone else whose friendship they sorely feel they need. Specific ways people sacrifice their life for others are: putting their plans on hold, doing for others, or owing someone something, out of shame, deferring from making important preownedcarshouston choices and decisions without first asking their “friend,” feeling guilty when making a decision that their “friend” disagrees with, constantly seeking approval, and being in a co-dependent relationship.

Controlling others to garner friendship

One of the most insidious behavior patterns that folks use to “buy” friendship is that of controlling others. For example, do you ever act like a victim, feign an emotional or physical illness, or helplessness so a “friend” will save you or work to “heal” you? Do you ever overtly or covertly threaten to withhold or withdraw your friendship if a “friend” doesn’t “do something?” Do you ever say “It’s your turn” to take care of you? Do you feel you need a “friend” to consistently complete your activities or tasks because you’re too stressed, anxious or overwhelmed? Do you offer friendship as a “reward” your friend earns for doing what you want someone to do for you? On a deeper, abusive level, do continuingeducationcredits you threaten a friend with your own self-destruction to keep their friendship? Do you try to game others’ friendship by telling them how essential they are to your life?


Probably the most unconscious and unhealthy way folks seek to gain and keep friends is through accommodating, i.e., doing whatever it takes to please another in order to gain or keep their friendship. We accommodate when we tell others what we think they want to hear, do for others what they want even though such actions or activities might go against our values or moral code. Accommodating is the most common way folks buy another’s friendship, short of paying outright for it, and sometimes we’ll actually foot the bill and actually pay whatever it takes to make or keep a friendship.

Why we buy friendship.

The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.” Sir Francis Bacon

Very early, as infants and very young children, we have a deep need to relate and be related to; we needed contact, warmth, and human relationship. At that time we had the capacity to be our True and Real Self, but our parents and primary caregivers, given their luxurycarshouston own imperfections and struggles (as all parents and primary caregivers experience as a fact of the human condition) were unable to see and appreciate our True and Real Nature, our True Self. So, we interpreted their “rejection” as meaning: “Being real means the absence of love, warmth, holding and security.”

So, in growing up, we learned to pretend, to be like them, to join them in their world – the world of illusion, of “lies,” the conventional world. As part of the human condition, most of us learn to become what our parents and primary caregivers wanted us to be, focusing on what they paid attention to in us, what they preferred in us, what made them relate to us (as we moved away from, and abandoned, our True and Real Self, our Essential Nature). Thus, we learned to “accommodate” and please them in order to gain their love, acceptance, and approval.

And now as adults, we find ourselves behaving in often self-limiting and self-destructive ways we feel will get us others’ love, approval, and acceptance – friendship – even paying $200 for a thousand “friends.”

Authentic friendship is an “inside job”

Essence is a heart and soul quality. Living one’s life is not about pleasing others, having a full dance card, or bragging that we have a host of superficial “friends.” The foundation of a conscious, healthy and real friendship comes with accessing one’s inner confidence,  bmwhouston value and worth, not from controlling others, accommodating others or responding to others’ controlling behaviors – at work, at home or at play.

The Core Value of Friendship comes deeply from within, not from pleasing or needing others. Allowing one’s fears of abandonment, guilt, shame and low self-esteem and then “doing the personal work” to move through our fears and insecurities, to contact and allow our True and Real Self can allow the possibility of being and acting independently, with more confidence and a healthy sense of self-worth and value. This flavor of Friendship arises from contact with our True and Real Self where friendship is defined by quality not quantity.

As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.” Especially the thousand you can buy for $200.

So, some questions for self-reflection are:

How do you define friendship?
How would your friends describe your friendship?
How well do you know your “social network” friends. Really.
How well do you know your actual real-life friends? Really.
Do you ever use controlling behaviors to keep a friend?
Do you ever sacrifice your self, your plans, your energy or accommodate others to keep their friendship?
Are you ever lonely?
Do you feel your parents/ friends were/are “genuine” friends?
Would you invite your friends to share in a holiday dinner with your family? If not, why not?
Are you ever critical of, judgmental about, or embarrassed by, your friends?
Are your friends trusting and trustworthy? As their friend, are you?
What was your experience of friendship like lexushouston when you were growing up?


Peter Vajda, Ph.D, C.P.C. is a founding partner of SpiritHeart, an Atlanta-based company that supports conscious living through coaching and counseling. With a practice based on the dynamic intersection of mind, body, emotion and spirit, Peter’s ‘whole person’ coaching approach supports deep and sustainable change and transformation.

Peter facilitates and guides leaders and managers, individuals in their personal and work life, partners and couples, groups and teams to move to new levels of self-awareness, enhancing their ability to show up authentically and with a heightened sense of well be-ing, inner harmony and interpersonal effectiveness as they live their lives at work, at home, at play usedcarshoustontx and in relationship.
True Friendship – Recognition

How can we find true friendships in this fast and selfish world? This world is not a permanent world and our life in this temporary world is very short like a thin string tied between two edges. In this time how can we find friends and friendships which are true and trustable. Friendships involve recognition or familiarity with another’s personality. Friends must share likes and dislikes, interest, views, passion of their life and world. This gives a lot of recognition with the person whom we need have friendship.

How can we recognize potential friendships? There houston seo expert is a lot of symptoms which include mutual desire for companionship and perhaps a common bond in some topics similar to each other. Beyond that a genuine and mutual friendship involves a shared sense of caring and concern, a desire to see one another grow and develop, and a hope for each other to succeed in all aspects of life. True friendship involves action: doing something for someone else while expecting nothing in return; sharing thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment or negative criticism.

True Friendship – Relationship, Trust, Accountability

True friendship involves relationships. Those mutual  attributes we mentioned above become the foundation in which recognition transpires into relationship. Many people say, “Oh, he’s a good friend of mine,” yet they never take time to spend time with that “good friend.” Friendship takes time: time to get to know each other, time to build shared memories, time to invest in each houston seo expert other’s growth.

Trust is essential to true friendship. We all need someone with  whom we can share our lives, thoughts, feelings, and frustrations. We need to be able to share our deepest secrets with someone, without worrying that those secrets will end up on the Internet the next day! Failing to be trustworthy with those intimate secrets can destroy a friendship in a hurry. Faithfulness and loyalty are key to true friendship. Without them, we often feel betrayed, left out, and lonely. In true friendship, there is no backbiting, no negative thoughts, no turning away.

True friendship requires certain accountability factors. Real friends encourage one another and forgive one another where there has been an offense. Genuine friendship supports during times of struggle. Friends are dependable. In true friendship, unconditional love  develops. We love our friends no matter what and we always want the best for our friends.

True Friendship – Solution to every problems

If you have a true friendship with some singles or personals, then you don’t need to worry about any problems that you face. A true friendship is often referred to the solutions that a person needs. When we are in trouble we can ask for soluton to the trustable true friends and friendship only. We can’t expose our problems to others who are not having true friendship with us. But when we discuss our problem we get a solution from our friends, friends never expose our weekness and try to hide them from coming out. They give better solutions than others. We can discuss any problem with friends who are true in their friendship.

True Friendship – Real Help in needed time

A real true friendship offers helping hands to the friends what career is right for me who are in trouble. As I said it is a solution for problems, true friends are also the helpers for others. Friends never let us go sink into problems. Instead friends try to rescue us from problems by helping us. With friends and friendships there will be a common bonding named helping. Friends never runaway from problems of other friends.

Real and true friendship involves freedom of choice, accountability, truth, and forgiveness. Real friendship looks at the heart, not just the “packaging.” Genuine friendship loves for love’s sake, not just for what it can get in return. True friendship is both challenging and exciting. It risks, it overlooks faults, and it loves unconditionally, but it also involves being truthful, even though it may hurt. Genuine friendship, also called “agape” love, comes from the Lord. When we’ve offended a true friend – whether by breaking a trust or by speaking the truth with love – we risk losing that friendship. We must be careful not to break the trust. But when not speaking the truth will cause greater hurt in our friend’s life, we must be willing to sacrifice our needs for those of our friend. That is true friendship.
Opposite sex friendships outside of marriage. I’d say this is one of the biggest causes of marriage problems couples face today. Many couples have a troubled SEO Houston marriage due to this issue.

So, should your spouse have opposite sex friends? If so, what are the boundaries? Is your friendship with this person making your spouse insecure or jealous? What if the friendship starts to develop into something more? If there is danger of this friendship developing into something more, is it worth more than your marriage and your spouse?

These are all questions that should be considered if you’re in a friendship with a person of the opposite sex when married. The second you stood on that altar before God and all of your friends and family, your marriage took precedence over everything, even your family and friends.

However, if you and your spouse are contemplating whether or not it’s okay to have friends of the opposite sex here are a few things you might want to consider.


Boundaries. What do I mean by boundaries? Boundaries ecd when it comes to opposite sex friendships in marriage means “rules” in a sense. I know this sounds ridiculous but hear me out.

For example, would you be okay if your spouse went to lunch with one of her male friends? Just the two of them? What about if your wife hung out with a group of her friends, and a few of them were male friends so she wasn’t alone with him? Would you be okay with that? These are boundaries that should be set.

Boundaries should be set early on in a marriage. This prevents any type of confusion or misinterpretation from happening from the get go. For example, if you discuss them early on, your spouse can’t be mad at you later on when you tell her that you feel uncomfortable with her having lunch with just her male friend.

Another good thing about setting boundaries is that it enhances communication between you and your spouse. As you probably know, good communication is one of the most important things you can have in a marriage, other than trust. If you and your spouse can CCNA Training learn to communicate with each other on difficult topics like setting boundaries with opposite sex friendships, you are already well ahead of the game.

Finally, setting boundaries let’s your spouse know exactly how you feel about certain situations, such as your wife having a one on one lunch with one of her male friends or coworkers. Otherwise, your spouse may have no idea that you’re not okay with this.

Contrary to popular belief, married couples are not psychic! Sometimes we really don’t know how the other feels about something, until of course they both blow up and a huge fight erupts, in which case it’s too late.

Jealousy and Insecurity

Jealousy, which often leads to insecurity, can rip a marriage apart. Just ask any married couple and they will probably tell you at one point or another that one of them, if bookkeeping training not both of them, have become jealous and/or insecure at one point because of something their spouse did.

Jealousy is a nasty emotion. Song of Solomon 8:6 says, “Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.”

Jealousy is as cruel as the grave. Solomon is saying here that the grave is where people go when they die, right? Well, jealousy can ultimately end in the death of a marriage, which often times does.

Jealousy often occurs when two people of the opposite sex get along extremely well and laugh and joke together leaving the spouse to believe there is some type of connection going on or there seems to be more than just a “friendship” going on.

This is especially true when the spouse has a sexual attraction to their friend of the opposite sex, making it that much more difficult on the other spouse to deal with.

Is There a Sexual Attraction to the Friend?

This is where opposite sex friendships outside of marriage become very dangerous. When a spouse is physically and sexually attracted to his/her friend, it is that much harder to resist temptation.

Many times, adultery occurs when a married couple has an business analyst training argument and one of the spouses turns to their friends for emotional support and comfort. Often times, the friend they turn to is a person of the opposite sex. Moreover, it is a person of the opposite sex that he or she is sexually attracted to!

As I mentioned in a previous post, one of the number one causes of divorce is abandonment. And what happens when a married couple is mad at each other? They sometimes emotionally shut down, which then leads one, or both spouses, to turn towards a friend for emotional support.

Turning towards a friend of the opposite sex for emotional support during a conflict with your spouse can be treading very dangerous waters, especially when it involves a friendship with an ex.


Husbands and wives, if you realize that your opposite sex friendship is getting to the point where it needs to be kept secret, YOU ARE ASKING FOR TROUBLE AND YOU A+certificationtraining SHOULD GET OUT NOW! If not, there is a very high possibility that your marriage WILL NOT survive.

Keeping secrets from your spouse about a friendship can be a huge indicator that the friendship is absolutely inappropriate. There should be no reason to keep a secret about an opposite sex friendship from your spouse. EVER.

I love what James says in James 1:14, “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” I know I quote a lot of Bible verses but it just so happens that God is right about EVERYTHING He says. Hmmmm.

Final Note

When you get married things change. Plain and simple. You bookkeepingcourses and your wife are no longer just dating, but spiritually and emotionally connected to each other through the most sacred covenant you can have with God. So when deciding whether or not opposite sex friendships are okay in your marriage here are a few things you must consider (among many others):

– Boundaries – If you and your spouse decide that opposite sex friendships in marriage is okay, then you must set boundaries to ensure you are both on the same page.

– Jealousy and insecurity – If one of you becomes jealous and insecure, it may be a good time to cut off the friendship before it’s too late and the marriage is destroyed. Typically, spouses become jealous and insecure for a reason…

– Is there sexual attraction to the friend? – If you are married System network training and start becoming sexually attracted to one of your friends, cease that friendship immediately, unless that friendship is more important than your marriage…

– Secrecy – As soon as a spouse starts feeling that he/she must hide a friendship from their spouse, that friendships should probably be cut off immediately. Secrecy is a telltale sign that the friendship is inappropriate.

So what does God say to do when faced with temptation? Flee from it! Turn to God for wisdom. 1 Corinthians 10:13-14 says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will business analyst certification with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

Notice how that verse says “common to man.” God knows that temptation is strong, specifically within a marriage. There is nothing that God does not know about us, so if you are struggling with opposite sex friendships, turn to Him for guidance.

As always, please feel free to provide any questions/comments/concerns that you deem necessary so that others struggling with this in their marriage can get some first hand technical schools near me insight.

I’m sure that many of you will have heard the song by the famous American singer Dionne Warwick – “…Keep smiling…keep shining…that’s what friends are for…” This is a song about friends and friendship, for it is truly a hallowed and revered institution since time vocational school near me immemorial.

Friendship reminds us of all the people that are near and dear in many ways. For many of us, it is difficult to describe feelings about friendship. This is because as humans, we are naturally accustomed to have friends since infancy and childhood. Many of us tend to think about friendship in a spiritual dimension and count of friendship as a divine gift. If we think deeply, most of us will realize that friendship is an imperative and fundamental cornerstone of humanity.

Of all the people that we value in our lifetime, friends are the closest and most adorable of all. Friends truly are those who value us deeply and understand us to the core. They spend their time thinking about us and helping us in thoughts, needs and deeds. For this very reason, it is often said that a friend in need is a friend in deed. They guide us in our decisions and provide us with strength sap hana training and courage to face the world and its many tribulations.

Friends help us overcome obstacles in life with their constant companionship and camaraderie. Friends protect us from harm and provide us with warmth, affection, fondness, and constant company. Friends provide comfort and solace whenever we are away from our family. There are times when we feel broken and lonely. It is exactly at this time when we realize how important friends are to us. At times we feel closed to the world and in desperate need of support and understanding. Friends reach out to us and provide us with compassion and kindness.

In fact, it is mostly because of the kind-heartedness and thoughtfulness of friends that we regain our lost directions in life. It is through their very benevolence and goodwill that we feel secure protected from harm. In fact, there’s so much to friendship that there’s a special day set aside to it. Called Friendship Day, it is a special day celebrated to commemorate friendship and honour this age old institution.

In the United States, Friendship Day is celebrated on the first day of August of every year. This tradition is in vogue since 1935, when the U.S Congress dedicated this day to honour the special meaning of friendship. In 1997, the United Nations declared the famous cartoon character Winnie the Pooh as the official Ambassador of Friendship Day.

Since then, many countries internationally have started celebrating Friendship Day. This occasion is now celebrated in India too. Various countries celebrate Friendship Day in a variety of ways. For example, National Friendship Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of August, Women’s Friendship Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in September, International Friendship month is celebrated in February, while New Friends week is celebrated in the month of May. People generally express their feelings with each other about friendships day by exchanging gifts. Folks send gifts, cards and flowers to their friends in order to express how deeply they value each other’s friendship.

There are many popular ways in which we can express our sentiments and emotions on Friendship Day. Friendship bands are a very popular gift among friends. These come in attractive designs. Generally, these are appreciated by people of the younger generation. Flowers are yet another way of conveying our feelings on Friendship’s day. Attractive show pieces are also extremely fashionable as Friendship Day Gifts. The same can be said about decorative pieces also. Young boys and girls often choose a variety of chocolates to express their emotions for their friends. Soft toys are also another novel way of expressing our warmth and affection for our friends. Other notable items include books, music cassettes, CDs, and a variety of stationary items.

Friendship is one of the most endearing things in human relationships. Like the quote from the famous author Albert Camus goes- “Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend,” friendship is all about equality and sharing our joys and sorrows together. It gives meaning and adds spice to our lives. We are social animals and thrive on mutual co-operation. And friendship is one of the basic building blocks of social harmony. No wonder people have revered the joys of Friendship since ages. Stories and legends in many cultures all over the world are filled with tales of friends who sacrificed their lives for each other. But even though friendship has been revered from time immemorial, the tradition of celebrating it on a special day is comparatively recent.

The idea of dedicating a day in honor of friends and friendship was initially created by the greeting card industry. It was originally promoted by Joyce Hall, the founder of Hallmark cards in 1930. Originally Friendship Day was intended to be on the 2nd of August every year and it was chosen because the day was the centre of the largest lull between holiday celebrations. But now International Friendship Day celebrations take place on the first Sunday of August every year. Originally started in the USA, Friendship Day is now celebrated in many different countries all over the world. It is an occasion for celebrating friendship and honoring our friends. On Friendship Day, people spend time with their friends and express their admiration and love for each other. Some of the most popular traditions on the occasion are exchange of flowers, wrist bands, friendship day cards and other gifts.

So celebrate the occasion by gifting your friends with heartfelt and memorable presents. Get something special or make one that complements their personalities. Your friendship gifts do not have to be necessarily expensive. It is not the price and the value of the gifts that counts, but it is the thought and feeling behind the friendship gift that really matters. Your friends will understand even if you cannot get them expensive gifts after all nobody knows and understand you better than your dear friends. But they will definitely appreciate the time and effort you have invested in getting a gift for them on the occasion of Friendship Day.