Eight Types Of Friendship

Friendship is everything whether personally or professionally. It determines our impacts, our success, and our growth in life. In the race of destiny, some friends will make you fly, others run, others walk, and yet, others will make you crawl. Thats why, “If you run with wolves, you will learn how to howl but, if you associate with eagles, you will learn how to soar to great heights.” Good friends do not only keep company with us, but they also bring out best in us.
I came across this inspiring article written by Liz Spencer and Ray Pahl. They identified 8 different types of friendship.

1. Associates: They are people who only shared a common activity, like a hobby or a sport.

2. Useful contacts: They are people who shared relevant information and advice, typically related to work or advancing ones career.

3. Favor friends: They are people who helped each other out in a functional manner, but not in an emotional manner.
4. Fun friends: They are people who socialized together, but only for fun. They didn’t provide each other with a deep level of emotional support.
5. Helpmates: They are a combination of favor friends and fun friends. They socialized together and helped each other out in a functional manner.
6. Comforters: They are like helpmates, but they also provided emotional support.

7. Confidants: They disclosed personal information to each other, enjoyed each other’s company, but weren’t always in a position to offer practical help, for example if they lived far away.

8. Soul mates: They displayed all the elements.

As I said earlier, friendship is everything whether personally or professionally. What stage are you or rather, which types of friendships are you targeting?

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