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    I'm asking from a philosophical point of view. In your own words, how do you define a friend?

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    A friend is someone who shares your deepest concerns in common.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uberfuhrer View Post
    I'm asking from a philosophical point of view. In your own words, how do you define a friend?

    I will not respond to this thread. I'm just interested in different viewpoints.
    Someone with whom I enjoy conversations, share mutual interests, and whose perspectives I can relate to. And of course, them being able to say the same about me. It has to be mutual.

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    Someone I willingly spend time with to seek companionship.

    Someone who will lend me an ear to listen to my problems- and be sympathetic- while also doling out the verbal smackdown when I'm totally in the wrong (and I can't see it). Someone with whom I'm comfortable returning this favor. Because we both know we've got each other's interests in mind. Tough love.

    A friend is trustworthy.

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    That's the person I can punch in the face, yell at, get pissed, and any other crazy thing I can think up.. It's someone I'm never worried about losing in my life. I know they're always going to be there.. there's a deep sense of security in that. And whatever dumbass thing I do, I know they'll still be there when the dust settles. That's more important to me than anything else, is the loyalty. It's what sets friends from aquaintances.
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    Someone who I can just sit there comfortably with and have a good time. I was camping with my best friend of 9 years and we hardly even talked. We just sat, or walked around, and it was a lot of fun because we really don't even need to talk to eachother to have fun, we both just sort of get it, know what I mean? We don't even really agree on everything or have similar perosnalities, but our personalities click in a unique way where it all works perfectly.

    Kyuuei's description is quite good on this one.

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    A friend is someone who is supportive and desires what's best for you, and you for them.

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    I've answered in a similar thread at INTPc some time ago and it was then when I realised that I have the lowest standards ever regarding friendships.
    People that I can have fun with and they don't wish to harm me in some way. And that's about all of it.

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    *goes to dictionary.com*

    ..I actually think this definition is nice and short and accurate:

    "a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard."

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    For someone to be a friend, I must have gathered sufficient reason to believe that:

    They want what is best for me.
    They would put my needs higher than that of a stranger.
    I can confide in them.
    I can presume their honesty with me.
    They want to have me as a friend (seems kind of obvious, and yet, none of the other factors actually guarantee this one).
    And lastly, they must be able to understand me to some minor extent. I still can't define what the exact extent is, but it's a problem when someone wants to do all of the above things for you, but can't comprehend your personal goals.

    For me, friends are rare. I would not expect anyone to be my friend if they doubted my capacity to meet the above requirements, just as I would be wary of befriending them.
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