Dr. Justin Brumit
24 February 2015
The Evolution of a Friend
During your life you will interact will a countless amount of people. Many you will see or speak to little more than once. Many people though you will come in contact with on a regular basis. These people will make up your list of friends. These friends can be classified by how much of an impact and how important a role they play in your life. All friends can be placed into one of three groups: the acquaintance, the social friend, or the true friend.
The first category, acquaintance, is usually made of people whose life you have little interest in. As such, you most likely know very little, if any, about their likes, dislikes, hobbies, interests, or habits. The people that make up this category are usually met at work, school, or a similar social setting where you are forced to interact with people you would most likely otherwise not. Despite the fact that you likely know little about them, and may not even like them, you are generally friendly with them. You may have to see or interact with them outside of this normal social setting. This additional interaction is generally not sought by either party though. People in this category often enter and leave your life with enough frequency that their absence is not even noticed. You have most likely forgotten more acquaintances than you remember.
The people in the next category, social friends, are often people that have evolved from the previous category. Because of this, the acquaintance and the social friend are similar. One of the main differences though, is that you will generally share at least one common interest with a social friend. Social friends, in addition to evolving from an acquaintance may also be made through a true friend. You may find yourself spending time with a social friend outside of the capacity they were met in. Unlike an acquaintance, spending additional time with a social friend is not...
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