An Outline of Friendship

Daniel J. Hruschka

in Friendship

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780520265462
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947887 | DOI:
An Outline of Friendship

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The intentions, feelings, and thoughts behind those behaviors also matter in differentiating a hostile act from a gesture of friendship. Accordingly, this chapter examines friendship as an integrated social and psychological system defined not only by behaviors, but also by underlying feelings and motivations. The chapter is organized into three sections that focus on key aspects of the friendship system. It focuses on behavior and describes how two important activities among self-described close friends are not observed to the same extent among strangers and acquaintances. It describes why three standard explanations for friends' increased generosity do not fit empirical findings from observation and experiment. It also explores psychological constructs commonly used to describe feelings among friends. Finally, it brings the discussion full circle by examining how people display and communicate these internal psychological states through behavior.

Keywords: intentions; feelings; behaviors; hostile act; friendship; friends; acquaintances; generosity

Chapter.  10715 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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