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Deterioration and Dissolution
Deterioration and dissolution

One has risked rebuff, got over the initial awkwardness, and found the pleasure in the other's company to be a nice balance for whatever effort or trouble is involved in obtaining it. Still, most friendships prove impermanent.

—Rodin (1982, p. 42)

Sooner or later, virtually every friend will disappoint us in some way. As was discussed in the last chapter, conflicts, tensions, and feelings of anger are a part of friendship. Sometimes conflicts and disagreements are resolved to the mutual satisfaction of each partner. Other times, issues are not dealt with and the relationship begins to decline. Although a decline does not invariably lead to dissolution, the loss of a friendship is not uncommon—whether it “fades away,” as is generally the case, ...

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