[LISTEN] An examination of Friendship, Love and Loneliness

Clinical sexologist Dr Eve perceives of friendship as a necessary relationship structure.

The purpose of her conversation is to deconstruct the notion of what love is, restructuring the conversation around friendship as well as considering whether or not this is the way of overcoming what she says is an epidemic of loneliness, she says.

She says in friendship, people are expansive, open, available and feel a different kind of pressure.

As a clinician I find often that the moment the friendship ends and the sex is brought in and the expectation of a traditional relationship is brought in, it brings so much trauma to people's lives.

Dr Eve, Clinical sexologist

Referring to research, Dr Eve speaks of how romantic love is overstated and over idealised and that it is not superior to engaging with certain passions with friends.

Your expectations of friendships, how are they different to when you are in a passionate loving relationship?

Dr Eve, Clinical sexologist

The health of a relationship is very much determined by the health of the friendship - there has to be passion, mutual trust, honesty and commitment.

Dr Eve, Clinical sexologist

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