After receiving a comment from James on my blog early last week (please see link), i have spent the remainder of the week researching for other factors that may influence the likelihood of someone becoming friends with another person. So far, besides findings similar to those i have already posted, i haven't been able to find much....
...So, i have decided to put it out there to all of you guys.... off the top of your head what factors do you think influence the likelihood of becoming friends with another person?? I am not asking for much detail or any research, just your own opinion would be much appreciated... and no answer will be considered wrong or stupid : )
Now, with that out of the way, here is one of the many interesting things i found this week. Below is a definition of friendship, so not one of the most interesting or exciting things i could have published, but it's gotta be done. I have changed some of the wording around, but let me know if you think that it sums up what you think friendship is:
Friendship is a term used to describe the co-operative and supportive behaviour between two or more humans. The term connotes a relationship which involves mutual knowledge, esteem, and affection. Friends will welcome each other's company and exhibit loyalty towards each other, often to the point of altruism. Their tastes will usually be similar and may converge, and they will share enjoyable activities. They will also engage in mutually helping behaviour, such as exchange of advice and the sharing of hardship. A friend is someone who may often demonstrate reciprocating and reflective behaviours. Yet for many, friendship is nothing more than the trust that someone or something will not harm them.
Value that is found in friendships is often the result of a friend demonstrating 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 and,
· mutual understanding.
This definition was retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friendship
I am not really a big fan of wikipedia normally, but i thought this definition was actually alright. I will be looking for others throughout the week, so i will keep you posted.
I will also post some of my other more interesting research findings here shortly (if i post them all now they will all be considered one large post... i have to think of contribution marks here :) ) So, i will be talking to you all again soon.
Oh, and thank you in advance to all those that leave a comment regarding my question.. much appreciated.
Good luck xx