Can men and women be platonic friends?

Australia
November 15, 2009 11:18pm CST
Can men and women have close relationships that are non-intimate in nature? I just don't believe we can take for granted that men and women can be in a close relationship without having feelings for each other. In particular, I believe that it is difficult for a man to separate the normal connotations attached to being in close relationship with the opposite sx.
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@leafsound (350)
• China
16 Nov 09
I think close relationships between men and women are dangerous. Men can regard women as little sister, but after some time, women will love men. Women have rich feeling, and they usually can't control themselves. But men should have only one love. One love will help them. Two love will bore them. Three love will destroy them.
• Australia
16 Nov 09
I think its mostly men that can't control themselves though, not women.
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• Philippines
16 Nov 09
Yes! Men and Women can be platonic friends. Especially when both parties already have someone very important in their lives that they dont want to lose.
• Australia
16 Nov 09
Ah yes so what your saying is because these individuals have other priorities, they are unable to expand on their initial feelings. Doesn't this suggest that men and women cannot have platonic relationships? Because if the could, then such feelings of responsibilities or guilt as to why they shouldn't be in an intimate relationship should not come into the equation.
• United States
3 Dec 09
Of course. I myself am close friends with a guy that I have absolutely no feelings for and he none for me. We are just friends even though people keep saying things about that. It is completely possible for a man and woman to be strictly friends, especially if they don't find each other compatible as anything more than just friends.
• United States
16 Nov 09
I'm not sure. I know men and women can be just friends but if they are close friends things change. I had used to have a best guy friend and I never had feeling for him. We would spend a good amount of time together, even sitting outside feeding a fire in his backyard and talking about everything. I had a boyfriend at this time and loved him dearly and still had a best guy friend without also sharing intimate feelings with him. However, he ended up having intimate feelings for me. Which in the end ruined our friendship because he became possessive and controlling and quite frankly it was not a good situation anymore. I am sure it is possible for men and women to be close friends and nothing more but I think that it is rare that both parties aren't interested. Because even if one isn't, I think eventually, one of them will start to develope feelings for the other.
@bettydeng5 (1709)
• China
16 Nov 09
I believe the man and woman can be natural relationship, they have same dream, thought, interesting, but they don't fall in love with each other, only be best friends.