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Posted February 14, Reviewed by Abigail Fagan. In addition, platonic love between friends is another cause for celebration. Platonic love is a special emotional and spiritual relationship between two people who love and admire one another because of common interests, a spiritual connection, and similar worldviews.
It does not involve any type of sexual involvement. Most friendships begin as either personal or professional. In the latter type of relationship, the connection is intellectual and revolves around a common work interest. It requires a capacity for contact, and this contact does not necessarily have to be physical. It can include how you speak to them, the emotions you display to them, and the awareness you have about them. Mark Matousek, in a Psychology Today article, discusses the god Eros, whom the Greeks believed to be the brother of Chaos.
Platonic relationships can turn into erotic or romantic relationshipsbut most often the strength lies in the strong friendship. In this situation, it might be that sexual desire is suppressed. While there might be some sexual tension between platonic friends, they might both decide to keep things simple and not become sexual.
The problem is that once platonic friends become sexually intimate, the lines and boundaries become blurred. Typically, in a platonic relationship, caring, concern, and love are displayed through words and body language. If both individuals decide to move forward sexually, then several things might occur.
If intimacy is a positive experience, it can strengthen the connection, but if it is not, then intimacy can be detrimental to the platonic relationship. Many mental health care professionals discourage sexual intimacy between platonic friends, mainly because of how rare it is to find this type of connection. However, if one of the individuals feels a deep sexual urge but the other does not, here are some tips or secrets to keep the friendship intact:.
We were so close that we were almost like siblings, sharing in our joys, fears, and creative endeavors. Our love was unconditional, but we never crossed the line into intimacy. We were happy together. We laughed together.
At times, we were possessive over our company for one another, and when not together we knew telepathically what the other was feeling. He was my anchor to my creative voice. Together, we both turned pain into art, he through fiction, and me through poetry and memoir. Losing him and our platonic relationship was akin to losing a close family member. Matousek, M. May Diana Raab Ph. The Empowerment Diary.
The Secret of Platonic Relationships Valentine's Day is a good time to celebrate romantic and platonic relationships. References Blackstone, J. Living Intimately. London, UK: Watkins Publishing.
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