Human beings are social creatures, and interpersonal relationships are critical to their survival and their sense of well-being. Often, when intimate relationships are discussed, people think of romantic relationships or family relationships. However, friendships also play a pivotal role in people’s lives across the lifespan. Friendship, although a complex interpersonal process, is the state of being in a relationship with others who share common interests, goals, and concerns for one another. Although the idea of friendship has varied meaning across people, it is often marked by a presence of mutual respect, common interests, and shared companionship. Research confirms that having friends is important at every stage of development, but how people develop such friendships, the ease with which they accomplish the task, and how they ...

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