If not kept in check, a totally innocent relationship could end up causing unnecessary harm to your marriage.“I think it is OK to have friendships with the opposite sex.But I don’t share with other women what I haven’t shared with my wife,” says Will Honeycutt.Here are a few of them:“If you answered 'yes' to one or more of the questions above, your opposite-sex friendship may be a real threat to the quality of your marriage,” Linaman says.“It may even be in the best interest of your marriage to either significantly limit or actually end your close friendship.”An informal survey shows that both married men and women were uncomfortable with their spouse having close friendships with the opposite sex.It’s the age-old question of, “can girls and guys be ‘just friends? Below Mike Zacchio and I talk about our experiences of having close friends of the opposite sex and what it actually means to be “just friends.” Zacchio: I’ve never dated anyone I was friends with, then had it blossom into a relationship like a Monica-Chandler-type thing.
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She says what matters is how one conducts himself/herself when they are in such circumstances. Some people have some self-regulation while some do not, which is something to worry about.
“Of course, the issue of insecurity may arise, but mere friendships are easy to spot as it is easy to spot sexual relationships,” she says.
“It is not toxic, but one should just be able to separate between friendship and relationships.
The two things need to be clearly defined,” he says.