Strictly Platonic: Can male/female friendships really work?
By Cathy Green-Minter
Who said only guys can have guy friends or girls can only have girl friends? Some may consider it out of the ordinary, but it is possible for a girl to have a guy as a friend without the “girlfriend/boyfriend” title.
A platonic relationship is a relationship between a male and a female where only friendship and mutual respect exist with no romantic overtones.
So, yes, girls and boys can be in platonic relationships, although according to new research as reported by Huffington Post, it is nearly impossible for males and females to be strictly platonic. Human nature is a beast! When feelings start surfacing and each person begins thinking about the possibilities of a relationship, the platonic friendship status begins to change.
To be sure, platonic friendships can be troublesome – especially when there are significant others. Jealousy, fear and anger can arise because of the platonic friendship.
Openness and communication help strengthen all relationships. Male/female platonic friendships can last a lifetime with each person valuing the other in a way that is healthy, loyal and compassionate. Do your best to be a good friend by showing compassion and kindness to all you meet. You’ll never regret it!