Sometimes a friendship can bring out the positive side that you never show…

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Like watering a plant. we grow out friendships (and all out relationships) by nurturing relationships, if they are to continue. These relationships can be delightfully non-judgemental, supportive, understanding and fun.
Sometimes a friendship can bring out the positive side that you never show in any other relationship. This may be because the pressure of playing a ‘role’ (daughter, partner or child) is removed. With a friend you are to be yourself and free to change. Of course, you are free to do this in all other relationships as well, but in friendships you get to have lots of rehearsals and discussion about changes as you experience them. It is an unconditional experience where you receive as much as you given. You can explain yourself to a friend openly without the feat of hurting a family member. How do friendship grow? The answer is simple. By revealing yourself; being attentive; remembering what is most showing empathy; seeing the world through the eyes of your friend, you will understand the value of friendship. All this means learning to accept a person from a completely different family to your own or perhaps someone from a completely different cultural background. This is the way we learn tolerance. In turn we gain tolerance and acceptance for out own differences.

  1. Friendships and relationships grow when they are ____.
    (a) favoured
    (b) nurtured
    (c) compared
    (d) divided
  2. When we are with a good friend, we tend
    (a) to shut ourselves.
    (b) to be someone else.
    (c) to be ourselves.
    (d) not to be ourselves.
  3. In good friendships, we
    (a) only give.
    (b) only receive.
    (c) give and receive.
    (d) neither give nor receive.
  4. Empathy means
    (a) skill and efficiency
    (b) ability to do something
    (c) someone else’ misfortunes
    (d) the ability to share and understand another’s feelings.
  5. Through strong friendships, we gain
    (a) acceptance and tolerance.
    (b) only tolerance.
    (c) only acceptance.
    (d) only attention.
Anurag Mishra Professor Asked on 8th February 2016 in English.
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