Situationships: Queerplatonic or The Bond of Intimate Friendship?
Queerplatonic or The Bond of Intimate Friendship?
If your mental health is causing you to struggle in your friendships, this is the how-to guide on responding when your friendships are struggling.
Most common friendship myths:
- Friends do not move to cities, states, and/or countries to be with each other.
- They do not celebrate anniversaries or special moments within their relationship.
- Friends do not love as strongly as romantic partners.
In one way or another, open communication is needed in all friendships, situationships, partnerships, and relationships.
Queerplatonic is an umbrella term for relationships that differ (or “queer”) away from the platonic; therefore, bending the rules on what is considered acceptable or not.
No two queerplatonic relationships are exactly alike, yet they break the idea of what is “normal.”
Queerplatonic situationships or friendships may (or may not):
- go on “dates” or celebrate milestones
- be emergency contacts
- have shows together that are “theirs”
- dedicate songs to one another
- give each other cards
- be physically affectionate; such as hug or cuddle often
- kiss each other (on the lips, top of the head, forehead)
- live together or share a bed
- plan vacations together
- partner exclusively or non monogamous
- care about each other’s opinion of romantic partners
Typically, a queerplatonic relatedness values intimacy and loyalty.
If you are having difficulties in one of your queer platonic relatinoships, outline what would make it feel better.
Discuss what your needs are and what you may be desiring.
Example of Healthy Conversation in Friendships:
At times, our friends will feel something is happening with us, and they may check in. If a queer platonic friend checks in, and says something like “I feel off. Are you mad?” that will likely cause reactions in the person they are speaking to.
No matter what the bond, first responses to personal statements may feel uncomfortable or even unhealthy.
In a healthy connection, saying something like:
“the part that is showing up is disappointed you are not understanding me. The story I am telling myself is that I am not clear and confusing. I am not feeling off in a blaming or disappointed sense towards you. I feel frustrated internally that as evidenced by your responses, you are not understanding me. This reminds me of when I was a child… so that has me pull back and that’s probably why you feel something is off.”
Then, give them an appreciation of “thank you for checking in.”
Followed with an attuning question, “what is going on for you when you hear me say this?”
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