friendship

relationship between people who have mutual affection for each other

Friendship is a relationship of mutual affection between people. It is a stronger form of interpersonal bond than an association, and has been studied in academic fields such as communication, sociology, social psychology, anthropology, and philosophy. Various academic theories of friendship have been proposed, including social exchange theory, equity theory, relational dialectics, and attachment styles. Although there are many forms of friendship, some of which may vary from place to place, certain characteristics are present in many types of such bonds. Such characteristics include affection; kindness, love, virtue, sympathy, empathy, honesty, altruism, loyalty, generosity, forgiveness, mutual understanding and compassion, enjoyment of each other's company, trust, and the ability to be oneself, express one's feelings to others, and make mistakes without fear of judgment from the friend. Friendship is an essential aspect of relationship building skills.
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Of Mice and Men

1937 novella by John Steinbeck

author: John Steinbeck

1937

Bridge to Terabithia

American children's novel, 1977, by Katherine Paterson

author: Katherine Paterson

1977

Frog and Toad Together

book by Arnold Lobel

author: Arnold Lobel

1972

Frog and Toad All Year

illustrated children's book

author: Arnold Lobel

1976

Laelius de Amicitia

Treatise on friendship by Cicero

author: Cicero

2043

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