Should Your Boyfriend Also Be Your Best Friend?


When you meet someone and fall in love, you can't help but want to spend most of your free time with him or her. And when you spend that much time with one person, and share a unique intimacy you don't share with anyone else, they become the person you trust more than anyone else. All these qualities are what you'd find in a best friend, but should your lover also be your BFF?

In a recent Real Simple article, John Gray, author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, said this about the question:

"I have no problem with partners who are best friends, but you should have other close friends to confide in as well — especially when you are having difficulties and need time away from your spouse. Don't put all your eggs in one basket."

I'm curious to hear your take on this issue. Do you agree with John Gray, that it's asking too much to have one person be both your life partner and your best friend? Or do you think your spouse should without a doubt wear both hats?

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