Friendship: Philosophy of Friendship, Psychology of Friendship

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Definition of friendship

Co-operative and supportive behavior between two or more humans. (Wiki)

Definition of friend:

Someone whom one knows and likes, and to whom one shows loyalty and affection (Chambers)

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Friendship quotes

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (Greece, 4th century B.C.)

Those who love because of utility love because of what is good for themselves, and those who love because of pleasure do so because of what is pleasant to themselves, and not in so far as the person is the man he is, but in so far as he is useful or pleasant. And thus these friendships are only incidental; for it is not as being the man he is that the loved person is loved, but as providing some good or pleasure. (VIII, 3.1156a14-19)

Perfect friendship is the friendship of men who are good, and alike in virtue; for these wish well alike to each other qua good, and they are good in themselves. Now those who wish well to their friends for their sake are most truly friends; for they are so disposed by reason of the friends themselves, and not incidentally. (1156b7-11)

For the rest, what we ordinarily call friends and friendships are nothing but acquaintanceships and familiarities formed by some chance or convenience, by means of which our souls are bound to each other. In the friendship I speak of, our souls mingle and blend with each other so completely that they efface the seam that joined them, and cannot find it again. If you press me to tell why I loved him, I feel that this cannot be expressed, except by answering: Because it was he, because it was I. Montaigne – Of friendship

“A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud." Ralph Waldo Emerso

“It is not so much our friends' help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us.” Epicurus 

“Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant." Socrates

“Misfortune shows those who are not really friends." Aristotle

 "What is a friend? A single soul in two bodies." Aristotle

"Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods." Aristotle

“A friend is, as it were, a second self.” Cicero

“Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow; Don't walk behind me, I may not lead; Walk beside me, and just be my friend. “ Albert Camus

When the ways of friends converge, the whole world looks like home for an hour  Herman Hesse

“I define friendship as a practical and emotional relationship of mutual and (roughly) equal goodwill, affection and pleasure “ Neera  Badhwar



Psychology of Friendship.

Psychology Today: Friendship: The Laws of Attraction
"When people are asked, "What gives meaning to your life?" friendship figures at the top of the list. " Read more ..
Pal Power  
"over a five-year period, those with no ties to others were two to three times as likely to die as those with bonds to spouses, friends, relatives, churches and other organizations"  Read more

Philosophy of Friendship.

In Our Time Radio 4 on Friendship

Friendship in Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics: An essential component of the Good Life by David Thunder
For Aristotle, ethics is essentially the art of living well. This can only be achieved by those who have friends, because friendship provides the ideal conditions for the successful pursuit of excellence.
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Aristotle on Friendship   Notes by Tanya Rodriguez Eckman

Types of Friendship:useful, pleasurable, complete (true friendship)  Read more .

Recommended book:

Philosophy of Friendship Mark Vernon

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