strategy

Befriending

Synonyms:
Providing supportive relationships
Cultivating friendship
Providing friendliness
Making friends
Being friendly
Promoting friendship
Description:
Developing relationships with people based on mutual affection, spiritual closeness and common interests. These relationships are often characterized by voluntariness and individual selectivity.
Claim:
1. Having friends is seen by many to be important, if not necessary, to healthy individual development.

2. A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway (Jerome Cummings).

Counter Claim:
(a) Befriending is an escape into emotional dependency. (b) Befriending a great number of people may result in being close to no one. (c) Befriending is a one-on-one activity, and thus very energy consuming. (d) It is a skill that not everyone performs very well. (e) Befriending creates dependence on the part of both giver and receiver, and its cost is never clear from the beginning.
Facilitates:
Preventing suicides
Type Classification:
A: Abstract fundamental strategies
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being