- Acquaintance-Best Friend
- Acquaintance-Close Friend
- Acquaintance-Casual Friend
Acquaintance-Acquaintance: While two Acquaintances are compatible, your pairing doesn't make for a steadfast friendship. The benefits you get from knowing each other are few, but at least your friendship expectations are equal -- neither of you is looking for much from the other. Without a shared history, mutual self-disclosure or reciprocated caring, Acquaintance and Acquaintance are merely social pals, lacking the willingness or ability to get close.
Aquaintance-Best Friend: This pairing is too much of a strain on both parties. Your ideas about what it takes to be friends are at opposite ends of the spectrum, and finding a middle ground is unlikely. If you decide to stick together, Acquaintance had better get used to saying the words "I'm sorry" -- she'll be uttering them often when Best Friend's high friendship expectations go unmet. Don't feel badly when this friendship fizzles; not all friendships are beneficial or worth maintaining.
Acquaintance-Close Friend: This is one friendship destined to fizzle out fast. While Acquaintance is in it for the short term or for the occasional, casual get-together, Close has already penned Acquaintance's name in her address book. What Close looks for in a friend Acquaintance doesn't know how to give. Both parties are sure to find the other's friendship behavior perplexing. Sure, Acquaintance may be able to brush off Close's demands, but Close won't be able to handle Acquaintance's lack of affection and attention for long.
Acquaintance-Casual Friend: While you two make a good match, yours is not exactly a rock-solid friendship. Where's the sharing? The caring? The phone calls in the middle of the night when one of you is sick, sad or suddenly single? Go ahead and hang out together if you enjoy each other's company, but know that if you don't learn to give a little (time, loyalty, trust), you'll never be true-blue buddies.