“What is a friend? A single soul, dwelling in two bodies” – Aristotle

girlsfriendsTrue friendship is perhaps the only relation that survives the trials and tribulations of time and remains unconditional. It blends affection, loyalty, love, respect, trust and fun into one incredible word and relationship. Similar interests, mutual respect and strong attachment with each other are what friends share between each other, but these are only the general traits of a friendship. For a true experience of what a friend is, one must have true friends; indeed, a rare treasure.

Friendship is a feeling of comfort and emotional safety with another person. When someone knows you better than yourself and their actions quietly speak a promise to be at your side in every emotional crisis you can have a greater sense of self and purpose that lifts and inspires you through the daily struggles of life. Friendship is much beyond roaming together and sharing good moments, it is when someone comes to rescue you from your worst critic; yourself. If you do not abuse this relationship and if you nurture the bond with returned care and love, it can last forever. Friendship cannot survive if one person makes all the effort to sustain it without any mutual recognition from others.

Different people have different definitions of friendship. For some, it is the trust in an individual that they won’t hurt you. For others, it is unconditional love. Some who feel that friendship is companionship. Different definitions are based upon the experiences shared by different cultures, personalities, and peers. There are famous stories about friends in mythologies of different religions all over the world. They say a person who has found a faithful friend has found a priceless treasure.

Psychologically speaking, friendship may be defined as ‘a dynamic, mutual relationship between two individuals. As children become friends, they negotiate boundaries within which both partners function’. This guides them with emotional lessons, experience, and inspiration to function like healthy individuals.

With friendship starting the moment a child begins socializing, the type of friends with which a child interacts should be monitored and slightly controlled until they learn to differentiate between right and wrong. Wrong peers or lack of socializing can lead to poor socializing skills, unstable behavior, and dysfunctional work and romantic relationships. The correct peer group is essential for the development of the personality of a child. Both positive and negative experiences define the personality of the individual. Thus, it is essential that you find friends who are compatible with you on an emotional and psychological level.

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