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Phases of Friendship
Phases of friendship

Friendship is a dynamic relationship. Its development progresses from acquaintanceship to emotional closeness (and sometimes, discord) through the interactive processes described in Chapter 4. We prefer the term phases instead of stages to describe friendship transformations because we do not wish to imply that friendship occurs according to a fixed sequence of transitions or results in a fixed relational outcome (see McCall, 1988). Some friendships become very close (high solidarity) and others remain at a casual level (low solidarity); some friendships follow a smooth trajectory of increasing closeness over time and others move back and forth between greater and lesser solidarity; some friendships develop quickly and others evolve slowly. Phases of friendship take place over time; they are not static ...

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