The physical manifestation in a love relationship can be easy to recognize but can vary depending on the couple, the length of their relationship, and the way that they are feeling at any given moment. A couple who just had an argument before going to dinner to meet friends will display a coldness or edginess toward each other and physical proximity is more distant then typical because both are still upset about the altercation that just occurred. In the opposite sense, when a couple is feeling joyous and playful, the physical manifestation of their relationship might be holding hands, quick kisses, hugging, or little specialized words that leave others confused, or the use of pet names. Some couples engage in all types of physical manifestation in public while some limit their use of public displays and save it for a later and more appropriate setting.
Physical manifestations in a friendship are very different from that of a love relationship, but there are certain characteristics that exist, just in a differing degree. Friends might share close conversations, small jokes or names between them that others do not understand, and show emotons of an intense level. Friends can get angry and even have a physical altercation in some circumstances. A friend who is grieving might be comforted by a hug from a friend who wishes they could do more to help. A hug could also be a greeting, as can a special handshake. Nicknames tend to grow out of special, personal circumstances between the two individuals and can be an affectionate reference. Each culture tends to have their own acceptable practices in relationships and marriage that may not exist elsewhere.
To judge the degree of closeness between two individuals, an open observation can reveal much. It does not take a psychological expert to interpret the relationships that exist between people. A couple who are beginning to explore a love relationship will carry their apprehension and nervousness between them with the occasional expression of affection. A couple in this early phase of a relationship will venture a kiss or a quick squeeze of the hand due to their uncertainty about the feelings of their partner. After this initial nervousness, when the couple becomes mor certain about the feelings of the other person, a more comfortable sort of physical manifestation occurs and the couple might openly hold hands or kiss with confidence at this stage in the relationship, and many couples at this point tend to show off, to the point of nauseation of bystanders. Finally, a level of trust and deeper feelings replaces this superficial display and the couple is close, and the physical attraction is still there but not so imperative to show off.
The workings of a friendship are not unlike that of a love relationship. There are the initial uncertainties, then a level of trust that must be built. The ways in which affection is shown may vary from that of a love relationship, but can exist in ways that love relationships cannot. It can be easier to talk to a friend about deep issues and painful experiences, and to seek comfort from a friend. It can be easier to confide, trust, comfort, and understand in a close friendship than in any other type of relationship. A hug in a friendship can mean more than any other expression in any other type of relationship.The basis of a friendship is usually the most genuine expression of a person's personality. In the ideal relationship, a lover can also be a best friend.