Types Of Friends
Fortune brings together individuals while interactions and their nature results in friendships. Some friendships last a lifetime, while others for a while. An individual deserves different friends that represent various stages of their life. The loyal best friend is the most important friend. They are the type of friend that keeps one grounded in their true nature and know one best. The friend is accepting unreservedly, does not judge and supports one in spite of the situations. The friend allows one to be disorganized; careless and even messy, they know all the dark and deepest secrets of the other and try at all cost to make one consider of their behavior. However, they are always there and love one despite all.
The adventurer friend is one that is always ready for anything. They are highly enthusiastic and more often than not manage to infect one with their energy and excitement. They are best at pushing one out of their comfort zone and getting them to explore and experience different things present in the world. These friends do not require prior notice or plan to make themselves available and rarely complain. These friends inspire fun, the need to explore and confidence in trying new things. The adventurer is the most fun of all friends.
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The brutally honest confidant is a friend each one should have. They are friends that tell one the hard truth at all times even when one wishes for the contrary. Their brutal honesty aims at making one see the truth in their self- assumptions and lies that they have told themselves in a bid to elicit honesty and clarity and do it in a kind and compassionate manner.
The friend that one admires and aspires to be like is a friend that challenges one in a non-inferior manner to change different aspects of their life, by sharing their wisdom and guidance in making it better. The inspirational friend tends to be older and one that does not necessarily share a common job or interests, but one whose general outlook on life pushes an individual to improve theirs.
The friend that does not know any of your other friends is an individual that is in a different social circle from other friends. They may be a workmate or a church mate whose friendship exists exclusively without other friends. They are the friend that one shares their hopes, aspirations, worries and prospects openly without the fear that they will gossip behind one’s back with the other friends. The friendship promotes respect and integrity, as there are no third party friends to inspire drama.
The friend that is cooler that you are a friend considered more interesting, social and fun that you. The cooler friends seem to know everything that is going on from the latest gossip, latest trends, best coffee shops or parties and other social events. They keep one informed of what is happening, thereby eliminating ignorance and always compels one to go out and experience all that is available.
The friend you have known forever is a friend that one has known for the longest time. The friendship may have originated from elementary school, in teenage years or share a common hometown. Nevertheless, it continues to be friends later in life. These friends may either be a blessing in that they bring fond memories and instigate familiarity. However, they may also be a curse in that one cannot seem to keep them off. One may not meet with them often or be close friends anymore, but they bring about comfort, familiarity, and fun when present.
Parents typically discuss the importance of being careful with the selection of friends with their children. Some parents go even further to warn their children that some 'so-called friends' aren't really who they claim to be. This last guidance is something that's often learned too late after expecting a friend to be available (e.g., physically, emotionally, spiritually) in a time of need. It's at this point that individuals can be faced with the reality that their expectation(s) won't be met.
Individuals within someone's social circle(s) aren't always friends, but are usually an:
- Acquaintance or Associate -- there is familiarity with someone, but there isn't a personal relationship.
Unfavorable friends can be classified as a/an:
- Appendage -- friendly because there's a possibility that an individual's success will help them;
- Conditional -- a requirement placed on a relationship that's dependent on a certain need being met;
- Counterfeit -- gives the impression of being a friend, but isn't someone who can be trusted;
- Evaluative -- determines the significance of a relationship based on the last thing(s) provided or done;
- Fair-Weather -- disappears during a time of need, but will return once a bad time or situation passes;
- Leech -- drains an individual of their energy, essence, or desire to move forward;
- Occasional -- friendly during certain times, but suddenly stops being friendly without any reason or notice. At a later time, the person will be friendly (again) on their terms;
- Negative -- considers themselves to be a friend, but is always pessimistic about things related to the friendship or the things that their friend does;
- Noncommittal -- goes back-and-forth on their belief(s), support, assistance, etc.;
- Situational -- an individual suddenly becomes friendly once a certain event occurs that there might be a personal benefit;
- Spiteful -- jealous of someone's efforts to achieve or actual success;
- Toxic - gives an impression of providing support, but actively works to undermine their efforts.
Favorable friends can be categorized as a:
- Cheerleader -- provides direct moral support for someone's work and activities;
- Good-Time Charlie -- hangs out with an intent to have a good time or for stress relief;
- Kindred Spirit -- provides emotional, spiritual, or moral support;
- Strategist -- assists with helping to develop, think through, and achieve a goal.
These categories and classifications are important to understand; however, the type of friend that's preferred is a:
- True Friend -- someone who doesn't place a classification, condition, value, or limitation on a relationship; someone who will provide emotional support and will also remain friends during good and bad times without exceptions.
The categories and classifications provided are partial lists of the various types of good and questionable friends, respectively.
Anyone who reviews this information will hopefully not have to examine it closely to determine the categories which describe their friendships. If so, then there might be a need to review the classifications carefully as a guide to reevaluate a relationship.
A friendship should be based on mutual beliefs, attitudes, desires, and sometimes future goals that won't easily be impacted by certain moments, situations, or conditions.
After reviewing these categories and classifications:
Are you okay with the types of friends in your environment? If not, then it might be time for replacements.
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