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“In this marvelous book, Beverly Fehr presents a comprehensive and richly detailed examination of what scholars have learned about the formation, maintenance, and dissolution of friendships…. Overall, a model of careful scholarship, clear writing, and good sense. For anyone studying friendships, there is no better place to start. This is perhaps the best book of its kind.” --Choice Friends are an integral part of our lives--they sometimes replace family relationships and often form the basis for romantic relationships. Friendship Processes, new in the Sage Series on Close Relationships, examines exactly how friends give meaning to our lives and why we rely so heavily on them. Broad in its coverage, the book is process oriented and research based with each phase of the friendship process documented ...

Theories of Friendship
Theories of friendship

We feel friendly to those who have treated us well, either ourselves or those we care for; … And also to those who we think wish to treat us well. And also to our friends' friends, and to those who like, or are liked by, those whom we like ourselves. And also to those who are enemies to those whose enemies we are, and dislike, or are disliked by, those whom we dislike.

—Aristotle (trans. 1984, Book II, 4)

Why do we choose some people as friends but not others? Why are we happier in some friendships than others? Why do some friendships end, whereas others flourish and grow? Various social scientists have developed theories of friendship to answer these kinds of ...

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