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The Development of Friendships

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520265462.003.0007
The Development of Friendships

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This chapter describes the basic elements of the development of friendship, from first meeting to the dance of cues, signals, and changes in thinking involved in the transformation from acquaintances to close friends. An important part of this process is a change in thinking in which friends help one another regardless of the balance of accounts or the shadow of the future. Such unconditional aid can be a great boon in times of need. In addition to the signals and behavior that can increase levels of closeness and trust in a friendship, the chapter also describes how people avoid (or at least try to avoid) partners who might manipulate these signals and exploit their goodwill. Defenses are an important way to avoid false friends, but defenses that are too strong can prematurely destroy a beneficial friendship.

Keywords: elements; friendship; development; signals; acquaintances; close friends; behavior; defenses; false friends

Chapter.  9143 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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