PR Some people choose friends who are different form themselves.Others choose friends who are similar to themselves. Compare the advantages ofhaving friends who are different from you with the advantages of having friendswho are similar to you. Which kind of friend do you prefer for yourself? Why?
There are a lot of advantages to having friends who are differentfrom you. For one thing, they'll give you a different way of looking at theworld,. Friends who are different can introduce you to foods, music, politics,and books you've never tried before. If you're a spontaneous kind of person,someone who is more scheduled can help you get better organized. You, on theother hand, can help them loosen up a little bit, and do things more on thespur of the moment.
Someone who is different from you won't have the same reaction tosituations. This can be a big help. If you're the kind of person who gets veryimpatient waiting for your meal in a restaurant, it helps to have someone calmwith you. Your friend can help you keep your temper. If you're a little timidabout standing up for yourself, a more assertive friend can help you develop alittle more self-respect.
However, there can also be advantages to having friends who aresimilar to you. You usually enjoy doing the same things, so you don't have toargue about what you want to do. Sometimes it's fun experiencing new things.Other times, it's more fun doing what you know you'll enjoy.
All things considered, I think I'd like to have a lot of acquaintanceswho are different and a few close friends who are similar to me. That seems thebest of both worlds.