What psychological constructs best model friendships, and what are some common classic and contemporary academic literature on the subject?
A few learned works on friendship:
Bell, S., & Coleman, S. (Eds.). (2020). The anthropology of friendship. Routledge. ISBN 9781000320558
Berndt, T. J. (2002). Friendship quality and social development. Current directions in psychological science, 11(1), 7-10. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8721.00157 http://onemvweb.com/sources/sources/Friendship_Quality.pdf
Spencer, L., & Pahl, R. (2006). Rethinking friendship: Hidden solidarities today. Princeton University Press. ISBN 9780691127422
Berndt (2002) observed that friendships can be classified as prized or troubled. The characteristics of which are:
Prized friendships: intimacy, loyalty, supporting, helping, sharing, praising, encouraging. and bolstering.
Troubled friendships: conflicts, dominating, and rivalry.
Berndt's analysis can be summarised visually according to the atlas of personality, emotion and behaviour (Mobbs, 2020):
- Mobbs AED (2020) An atlas of personality, emotion and behaviour. PLoS ONE 15(1): e0227877. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0227877 [Post author = article author]
Here are some related resources:
Classic: Carnegie, D. (1964). How to win friends and influence people. New York: Simon and Schuster.
Modern Educational: infed.org. (2013, May 9). Friendship theory: some philosophical and sociological themes – infed.org: Education, Community-Building and Change. https://infed.org/mobi/friendship-some-philosophical-and-sociological-themes/
Modern with Minimal Academic Credibility: Wikipedia contributors. (2020, August 8). Friendship. Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friendship
Modern Casual: Friends. 2020. Psychology Today. Retrieved Aug 25, 2020, from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/friends
Concise: friend. 2020. In Merriam-Webster.com. Retrieved Aug 25, 2020, from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/friend