I think a big issue with relationships these days is that people (particularly men) separate the idea of a relationship from the idea of a friendship.That being said – I have my own thoughts and opinions on the concept of men and women being able to be ‘just friends’ with each other with no tension or desire for something more. Whether or not men and women can be just friends should not separate the two concepts altogether.She learned that people do best when they are in long-term, loving relationships."I just intended to keep the friendship, but 6 months later we were married." That was 37 years ago.The caveat: If one or both of you were romantically interested in each other during the previous friendship, you may (again) have trouble keeping things platonic, Breines says.
Of course, we should consistently try to be these things as often as humanly possible, but the fact of the matter is that we are all going to have bad days. Life throws us curveballs – and expecting a shining exterior every second of every day is not only unrealistic, but it is also dishonest. How are you going to survive your 4-hour drive in the car together? We need this type of comfort to just be able to sit with each other in silence and not feel a nagging urge to say or do something to break the silence. It’s not like you are going to choose a random person off the street – but what’s more is that your friends know how you think and you know how they think.D., a social psychology researcher at Brandeis University.For example, if you have children or a business together.But even after the hard part is over, it’s never as cut-and-dry as simply saying good-bye. Do you wish them a happy birthday when Facebook aggressively prods you to?In today’s smartphone-centric, Facebook-addicted, Instagram-obsessed world, staying in touch with an ex is a lot easier—and messier. As with all things in love, each situation is individual, says Terri Orbuch, Ph. And, of course, there are some practical reasons to stay in touch with an ex, says Juliana Breines, Ph.