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Making Friends The process of making a friend is a very unique one Itdepends on the person one is trying to become friends with itdepends on ones gender it depends on ones age but mostimportantly it depends ones personality Every individual isdifferent and how they make friends differs just as greatly Theway I make friends depends heavily on my personality As anintroverted person I tend to first meet potential friends throughwhat I call forced association After the initial meeting Ievaluate them and determine whether or not I think they should bemy friend Bonding specifically male bonding follows andacceptance is the final stage Before I can delve into the sometimes mysterious process ofbecoming friends with someone I have to divulge some personalinformation I am a great believer in personality typing thetheory that a great majority of people fall into one personalitytype or another A complete analysis of my personality is notwithin the scope of this essay but suffice it to say that I amvery introverted This does not mean I am anti-social it merelymeans that new and non-routine interaction with others taxes myenergy The process of making a new friend is by definition a newand non-routine interaction therefore it is quite difficult for meto initiate the process This is where the concept of forcedinteraction comes in By forced interaction I mean a situationwhere another person and I are placed in an environment where wehave no choice but to interact with each other The largest andmost important type of forced interaction for me is school andmore specifically classes It is impossible to be completelyseparate from other students in a class Consequently I met allmy best friends in school of course it was a place that I spentmost of my time so it is not a big surprise Another type offorced interaction comes when you meet a friend of one of yourfriends It would be extremely rude to not interact with someonethat your friend
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