If you’re not in a relationship with someone, or don’t want to complicate your life any more, a platonic relationship might be best. It’s important to know the dos and don'ts of a platonic relationship in order to make it successful.
What is a Platonic Relationship?
A platonic relationship is one in which two people of the opposite gender are friends. They have no romantic or sexual feelings for each other. In a platonic relationship, the friends can talk about anything and everything they feel secure in sharing everything with each other and will not judge each other's actions.
Why choose a Platonic Relationship?
A lot of people choose to have only non-sexual relationships with the opposite sex. Sometimes their main reason for choosing this is because they don’t want to complicate their life any more.
What are the advantages of having a platonic relationship?
A platonic relationship allows you to be yourself around the person without being concerned about how other people will react to what you say or do. This allows you and your friend to be yourself in a safe, secure environment.
The benefits of having a platonic relationship include:
- You can be promoted for your skill and your ability rather than the fact that you’re dating someone.
- If you don’t get along well with others, then you can have a friend for life (and who knows…maybe even more).
- You don't have to worry about what happens between you and the person that you're involved with.
How to have a platonic relationship?
Here are the dos and don'ts of having a platonic relationship:
Don’t love your friend any more than you love yourself. If you’re not in love with the person there’s no chance that it will work out.
Don’t let your relationship affect how great your other relationships are.
Keep it real and be yourself around the person. You don’t want to be someone that you’re not.
Be honest with yourself and honest with your friend. It’s all about trust if a platonic relationship is going to run smoothly.
Don’t act like there is something going on between the two of you. You need to make sure no one, including the other person, thinks there is any chemistry, sexual or otherwise, between the two of you.
Don’t let platonic friends become romantic or sexual ones. They should be just that, a platonic relationship.
Don’t go through with relationships until you’ve tested the waters and know for sure that your friend is truly not interested in you romantically. It will be painful to find out it was all for nothing and you’re heartbroken.
Don’t make your friendship your main goal in life. You can’t make it your only relationship if it is your only relationship.
Don’t have an affair with someone that you are interested in romantically. Having a sexual relationship with your friend will ultimately destroy the friendship that you should have cherished for years.
What happens when the relationship ends?
The obvious reason why some people choose to not continue their platonic relationships is because they begin to love someone else romantically.