The Difference Between a Friend and a Close Friend

How to Identify Friends in Your Inner Circle

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Friendships of all kinds are wonderful, but some are closer and truer than others. So, how do you know the difference between your friend and a close friend?

A close friend isn’t necessarily a best friend, but he or she is someone you include in your inner circle. They can be someone you don’t see often but, for various reasons, hold in high regard. It’s someone you cherish, think of fondly, and no matter what you do or where you are in your life, you’d drop everything to be at their side if they needed you.

What Situations Can Make Someone a Close Friend?

Any situation can elevate a friend to a close friend, including:

  • Going through a major, emotional event together (perhaps one or both of you had a health issue and helped each other through it)
  • Working for a challenging boss and dealing with problems that bonded you for life
  • Making it through ups and downs in your friendship that have helped you get to know your friend better than other people
  • Staying friends with someone for many years

Is a Close Friend the Same as a Best Friend?

While a best friend is certainly a close one, a close friend doesn’t have to be a BFF. Close friends are people you might not interact with very often. You feel as if you know a close friend’s motives, integrity, and character, so even when you haven’t been in touch lately you feel confident speaking up for them.

Close friends are very often considered like family to you. They are people who leave an impression with you that stays positively in your mind.

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