Relationships are complicated in and of themselves, but when it comes to turning a friendship into a romance, the transition can be especially tricky. With your feelings, and of course, a friendship at stake, dating a friend you've known for years can be the best — and most terrifying — thing ever. Needless to say, the deciding factor is whether or not your feelings are returned, and whether you gain a significant other or lose a close confidant. But while the future may be uncertain, experts say that there is a way to cross the line cautiously so as not to catch your crush off-guard and, at the very least, preserve your friendship if the attraction isn't mutual. Ahead, you'll hear from therapists who dish on the challenges and triumphs that can come with dating a friend, as well as one woman who tried it, herself spoiler: It didn't work out in the long run. The gurus also give their pro advice on how to decide whether to pursue a romance and the best ways to go about it.
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One of the most amazing people that you can encounter in life is your best friend. This is the person you can share your most special moments with; the person that knows you for all of your strengths and accepts you for your weakness; the person that will be the most sincere in congratulating you during your triumphs and the best shoulder to lean on during the lowest points of your life. There is a reason why this person is your best friend and there is a reason why this person is so important to you. Sometimes a best friend could even become more than that. In my case, a best friend can easily be someone you could fall for and truly love but unfortunately this could be one of the moments where you could lose them the most. This, for me, is probably one of the biggest reasons why I started liking my best friend.
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Last Updated: February 15, References Approved. This article was co-authored by JT Tran. JT also runs the ABCs of Attraction, a dating boot camp where he specializes in coaching Asian men and women on how to navigate the cultural and social sensitivities associated with Asian dating culture.
Having a boyfriend is obviously fantastic for many reasons. But, there's an undeniable awesomeness that comes with having a truly platonic male best friend. Simply put, unlike a boyfriend, who could potentially end things at any given moment, your male best friend does not have the luxury of calling it quits as soon as the going gets tough.