Essay on Classifications of Types of Friendships

854 Words Nov 1st, 2012 4 Pages
Dardenella Braxton
Instructor Mike Catello
ENG 1010 P04
August 22, 2012
Classification of types of Friendships
Acquaintances
Best Friends
Casual Relationships
Colleagues
Comrades
Fair Weather Friends
Internet Friends
Open Relationships
Pen Pals
Soul Mates
The word friend has been used as a verb in the English language since the early 15th Century. The term comes from German origin and has existed since the founding of Old English. The word friendship is one of its derivatives' that is used to indicate supportive and co-operative behavior between two or more persons. The term implies to persons in a relationship that involves mutual knowledge, esteem, affection, and respect. Along with a degree of providing services to
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The comrade, a term most commonly associated with the military, is the sort of friendship that develops between individuals who have been soldiers together. Someone considered as a "Comrade in arms," has the same sentiments associated with best friends, still coming from having a mutual respect and admiration for each other. A closeness that develops over having been in situations of war and having to have each other's back.
Fair weather friends, are people who form a bond that is sometimes based on what the other has to offer that will be and/or can be, beneficial to one or the other of them at that specific time. It is a friendship which sometimes is based solely on the phrase "what can you do for me, what can I do for you?" It is not necessarily formed out of a mutual respect, but more times than most, formulated out of a mutual need to keep someone around whom one can depend on for in an emergency, as long as there is some form of commission, so to speak...
The internet friend, someone who was accidentally stumbled upon, makes a connection, knowing the risks associated with it, it still happens.
Open relationships are friendships that are in some way considered a "relationship", usually between two people who come to an agreement that they care about one another, but want to go out and have other sexual partners.
A pen pal is a person corresponded with through the United Postal Service. Someone with which a bond formulates…

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