“affection, sympathy, empathy, honesty, altruism, mutual understanding, enjoyment of each other’s company, trust, and the ability to be oneself, express one’s feelings, and make mistakes without fear of judgement from the friend.”
Affection: an objective feeling of bonding emerging from heightened levels of oxytocin and conditioned by repeated exposure to each other’s company.
Sympathy: perception of each other’s viewpoint on emotional matters.
Empathy: understanding and sharing of each other emotional state.
Honesty: straightforwardness, integrity and truthfulness during interactions.
Altruism: concern and caring for each other’s welfare.
Mutual understanding: perception of each other’s viewpoint (in general).
Trust: confidence and willingness to rely on each other’s judgement.