Research shows that the quickest way to end a friendship is betrayal; the second-quickest – a canoe trip.
In fact we have to lose a few friends before we can appreciate their most important gift: the stories we share.
In hearing these stories – you may begin to sense a deeper truth – that our friends and friendships are not as unique as we first believed.
They’re more like summer movies: the dialogue changes (kind of) but the plots and characters keep recurring.
Here’s a catalog of the archetypal friends that over the course of a life you’re likely to encounter again and again.
The Best Friend: The gold standard of friendships. A best friend listens but never judges – helps you out of a jam – tells it to you straight and often forgives a debt.
Best friends resemble invisible friends in that both are most common in childhood (and may not really exist).
The Old Friend: Ideally a lifelong bond that stirs fond feelings and cherished memories—unless you’re a celebrity or out on parole.
In reality most old friendships are embedded in a complex economy of favors.
President Bush rewrote the entire tax code for his old friends.
Source: The 19 kinds of friends