Two people can be friends to the exclusion of everyone else, although most people are part of a circle of friends.
I have seen enemies turn into friends, and friends into enemies.
Sometimes we think we know someone better than we actually do. If that’s the case, you need to be reintroduced as a couple. We live in an age where everything moves so fast that we expect instantaneous gratification or we get bored. We need to have patience to let a relationship grow at its own pace.Family who may have only thought of you as a friend need to know that your status has changed. They are usually in close proximity to each other at social events and gatherings and they seem to enjoy each other’s company. Some friendships will develop into a relationship at a tortoise’s pace.If you haven’t yet met the family, a month or two into the relationship is a good time to meet them. Some say that couples who play together stay together. Partner up with your new date and stay side by side. Just because you’re good friends doesn’t mean you’ll be good at dating. Let your anxiety go, be patient and remember: Slow and steady wins the race.Having family on board with your relationship will deepen the bond and make the friend status disappear. At a social event, stay in the same conversation rather than leaving your partner to talk to someone else. Staying side by side won’t smother the relationship, it will actually take your dating relationship up a notch and distance you from just being friends. Some people make friends readily, and others do not.
I don’t think anyone could describe to me a friendship that was so odd, between people that were so different, that I would not believe it.There is a lot to say about the variety of friendships that people develop—too much to say in this small space.Friendships can exist between people of different generations and across cultural divides, and can last, sometimes, over the course of a lifetime.A number of patients have told me that they were spending a lot of time with a close friend of the opposite sex who was attractive and interesting; but whom, nevertheless, they were not inclined to date. I think most of the time it was a man speaking, but, often enough, it was a woman.I think what they meant was that the romantic relationship, if they entered into it, would end up at some point badly—as sometimes happens—with one of them bitter and neither one speaking to the other. Whether it is wise to risk a friendship this way or not depends to some extent on the nature of the friendship and to a considerable extent on the romantic relationship that is likely to grow out of it.Like romantic relationships, whether or not they end bitterly will depend on the expectations of the friends—on how central that relationship is to their lives.