As family responsibilities and vocational pressures lessen, friendships become more important.Among the elderly, friendships can provide links to the larger community, serve as a protective factor against depression and loneliness, and compensate for potential losses in social support previously given by family members.“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. Powerful stuff.” ― Jon Katz “Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything.” ― Muhammad Ali “How many slams in an old screen door? The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.” ― Henri J. Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may have difficulty forming and maintaining friendships, due to a limited ability to build social skills through observational learning, difficulties attending to social cues, and because of the social impacts of impulsive behavior and a greater tendency to engage in behavior that may be seen as disruptive by their peers.In a 2007 review, no treatment was identified which effectively address peer functioning in children with ADHD, and treatments which addressed other aspects of the disorder were not found to eliminate issues related to peer functioning.
A sense of parental attachment aids in the quality of friendships in children with autism spectrum disorders; a sense of attachment with one's parents compensates for a lack of social skills that would usually inhibit friendships.
Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together.
I've never done anything for you.' 'You have been my friend,' replied Charlotte. Don't walk away, don't be distracted, don't be too busy or tired, don't take them for granted.
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, 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.
As children mature, they become less individualized and are more aware of others.