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Achieving Closeness
Achieving closeness

You can probably remember times in your life when you were a stranger to everyone around you; perhaps as a “new kid” in school, your first meeting when you joined a club, or your first day on a new job. You longed to get over the stranger stage so you could be included in the apparently effortless and friendly interaction around you. And gradually it happened, the newness wore off, you became more familiar with the others and felt included in their activities and conversations. By some unspoken mutual agreement, you grew particularly close to a few of them, and you became friends.

—Wilmot and Shellen (1990, p. 414)

Some relationships develop from acquaintanceships to casual friendships; some casual friendships develop into close friendships ...

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