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This is a discussion on Friends with Benefits v. Relationships within the ENFP Forum - The Inspirers forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; I posted this on the INTJ part of personality cafe, but I didn't get much of a response. I was ...

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    INTJ - The Scientists

    Friends with Benefits v. Relationships

    I posted this on the INTJ part of personality cafe, but I didn't get much of a response. I was thinking because the ENFP board and its members are a bit more active, so to speak, that I might get a better answer here.

    I have trouble with the distinction between friends with benefits and sexual relationships. As I understand it a relationship is when 2 ( lets stick with 2) individuals enjoy each others company, spend time together, and get romantic. A friend with benefits is someone who is a friend, whom you get romantic with. A hook-up is just a one night thing so I am not really asking about hook-ups.

    I thought being friends was the same thing as enjoying each others company and spending time together. In addition, either a relationship or a friends with benefits situation can be monogamous or polyamorous so I don't see why the number of people involved in that sense would matter.

    Am I the only one a little confused here? If you are friends with someone and get romantic with them, how (or why) are you not just dating? Is friends with benefits just a label for people who are acquaintances (friends lite), who get horney and/or drunk and hook-up to absolve themselves of any emotional or personal responsibility?

    I am obviously not somebody who is into casual encounters, and people's personal decisions are their own business, but I am awfully curious how about people reconcile what appears to be this discrepancy. I am guessing everyone defines these things a little differently, but maybe not. I really am clueless on this one, maybe its because I'm an Aspie (and INTJ) so have the emotional sophistication of an 8 year old. Nonetheless, I was hoping for a logical explanation of this.


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    ENFP - The Inspirers

    Quote Originally Posted by Inquiery View Post
    I posted this on the INTJ part of personality cafe, but I didn't get much of a response. I was thinking because the ENFP board and its members are a bit more active, so to speak, that I might get a better answer here.

    I have trouble with the distinction between friends with benefits and sexual relationships. As I understand it a relationship is when 2 ( lets stick with 2) individuals enjoy each others company, spend time together, and get romantic. A friend with benefits is someone who is a friend, whom you get romantic with. A hook-up is just a one night thing so I am not really asking about hook-ups.

    I thought being friends was the same thing as enjoying each others company and spending time together. In addition, either a relationship or a friends with benefits situation can be monogamous or polyamorous so I don't see why the number of people involved in that sense would matter.

    Am I the only one a little confused here? If you are friends with someone and get romantic with them, how (or why) are you not just dating? Is friends with benefits just a label for people who are acquaintances (friends lite), who get horney and/or drunk and hook-up to absolve themselves of any emotional or personal responsibility?

    I am obviously not somebody who is into casual encounters, and people's personal decisions are their own business, but I am awfully curious how about people reconcile what appears to be this discrepancy. I am guessing everyone defines these things a little differently, but maybe not. I really am clueless on this one, maybe its because I'm an Aspie (and INTJ) so have the emotional sophistication of an 8 year old. Nonetheless, I was hoping for a logical explanation of this.


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    Oh, I've had to do my own thinking on this too.

    Hate to say it, but there's no simple answer for your examples. Everyone is going to have their own opinion on the matter. It's up to you and the girl to communicate/barter it out if you can't intuitively read each other accurately.

    That said, I think the popular way to look at it is that friends w/ benefits is, by nature, attempting to escape societal classification. And, that said, it won't be looked at as a traditional step before the societally accepted bonds (marriage, dating, maybe one-night-stand (depending on your society), etc...). So, then, for some it's like an extra set of training wheels. For others it's a romantic idea that's more "true", more "indie", than the alternatives (I'm speaking from experience on this one). For others still, it's bound to mean something that I can't even conceive of.

    So that's the thing: You've got to either ask the individual you're concerned with, or cross your fingers. *shrug*
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    INTJ - The Scientists

    I actually don't have a friends with benefits dilemma, I am just curious.


    I guess it might be easier to ask if someone has had or knows someone who has had a friends with benefits situation. Maybe they could explain how/why it worked? Why they didn't just date? Or maybe it is dating where 1 partner is not very into the other (but is horney) and the other is longing for a closer relationship?


    Or maybe this is a dumb question? Where should I go for the answer(s)?

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    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by Inquiery View Post
    Am I the only one a little confused here? If you are friends with someone and get romantic with them, how (or why) are you not just dating? Is friends with benefits just a label for people who are acquaintances (friends lite), who get horney and/or drunk and hook-up to absolve themselves of any emotional or personal responsibility?
    here's where you're misguided about the kind of people you are trying to figure out. you used the word romantic.

    I've been in what some people would call a FwB relationship. There was no actual sex involved but we definitely did everything else. Romantic is the last word I would use to describe it. The word I would use is a sexually charged relationship. Though some people automatically affiliate the word sex with commitment or romance.

    The thing is that a FwB relationship is akin to that of a brotherly relationship. You see each other as equals and most of the time you're just helping each other to have a little fun when no other sexual gratification is available to that person in the form of a more committed relationship. Some people don't see the point in reserving theirselves and not having fun while they search for that certain special person. Some people love the freedom in having a sexual partner that does not limit you. In a sense, it is a very P type behavior.

    Being able to form a FwB relationship depends on how a person views sex. Some people view it as involving romance and emotion by default and some people view it as something you add emotion to but that it does not include it by default.

    As for why those people don't just date, well the obvious reason is that usually FwB are not in love with each other. They have certain requirements for who would make a good long term partner and another set of requirements for who would make a shorter term sexual partner. The motivations behind someone dating another person is different than the motivation behind someone starting a FwB relationship.

    In the end, sex is just sex to someone like me. I can increase the importance of it and the experience of it depending on the person I do it with, but if there is no emotion involved it's STILL SEX and it's still enjoyable even if it's not appealing to all of the forms of pleasure I would like it to.
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    ENFP - The Inspirers

    Quote Originally Posted by OmarFW View Post

    The thing is that a FwB ]relationship] is akin to that of a brotherly relationship. You see each other as equals and most of the time you're just helping each other to have a little fun when no other sexual gratification is available to that person in the form of a more committed relationship. Some people don't see the point in reserving theirselves and not having fun while they search for that certain special person. Some people love the freedom in having a sexual partner that does not limit you. In a sense, it is a very P type behavior.
    Intellectually speaking I understand the concept. Personally speaking, I couldn't do a friends with benefits relationship. Sex is physically enjoyable but it's got a very definitely emotional attachement. The emotional connectioin is the major draw. The physical enjoyment is a side benefit as far as I'm concerned. Friends with benefits is as appealing to me as having sex with my brother.
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    ENFP - The Inspirers

    I would like to chime in....I'm not great at explaining myself, but I'll try. ;)
    I have friends that I sleep with that I have no interest in dating. It sounds awful typing that out. I am a weird complex creature. I have been in deep passionate love a few times in my life, I dont know if it will happen again. If I am not in deep passionate love with a guy, I would not be exclusive with him. I have resigned myself to the fact that I may be single for the rest of my life because I am so picky. I won't settle for anything less then deep passion and intrigue. The problem is...I love sex, need it, cannot live without it. I have a few guy friends, we hang out, I like them as friends, they aren't in love with me..but I know they care for me. I am not in love with them, so it works. There was a time in my life that I thought I couldn't detach emotionally, but I find that is not true anymore.
    The reason FWB stays FWB and not dating in my life is because, well I just don't think they are my soulmates and I dont want to take it to the next level.
    Sex with someone I am not in love with is not, and will not, ever be mind blowing. I am at a baseline level of operating.
    When I am in love..it is passionate, crazy cosmically divine.....soulful
    Until then....
    Hope that makes sense and is not a jumbled mess of an explanation..
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    ENFP - The Inspirers

    Golly, I've been hoping someone would post this topic!

    I think Essay said what I'd wanna get at. It's up to the people involved how they wanna define it. It's relative to the individuals' personal perspectives.
    FwB has always been a complicated thing for me to define personally tho. Generally, I think genuine relationship-relationship just exudes a vibe of more commitment and mutual consideration & respect.
    Not saying FwB is incapable of that, but i think it's easier for the term to imply anything from an excuse to easily use someone, an actual friend you just get intimite with, a special arrangement for people who aren't ready to devote completely, or anything you could imagine.

    My experience with fwb's...
    I fell hard for a boy, we hit it off, and we dated for liek...a month (ESTP, first/last boyfriend ever; a really happy month too, he'd say i love you, you're beautiful, asked me to prom with a poster, all that) until one day he just out-of-the-blue said,
    "I'm just not a committed sort of guy, and I've had all these urges to hook up and flirt with other girls which hasn't gone away since we've gone out."
    So we split, decided to be civil and friendly, and somehow just kept hooking up and got way too physically comfortable with each other.
    But as time went by, everything he approached me with came back to sex. And now he's in a different girl's bed every weekend. And I still care about him/can't stay angry with him and I feel personally hurt when literally every single person who knows us both pulls me aside to say:
    "I don't mean to bag on him, but he is not the kind of person to have as a friend. He doesn't make friends, he makes hangout buddies. He's a shameless flirting manwhore and the way he treats and considers people is kind of ridiculous...you're like everyone's sweetheart and frankly, we've all collectively agreed that you going out with him at all won the 'Wtf Moment of the Year' award."

    I had a thing for him since high school, even when he had negative game. And then he got a job, car, cool hair, and money.
    Unleash the gold-digging whores! D:<
    I guess I'm the longest time he's ever stayed talking to any one girl
    And we're still doing what we do...and I ended up losing all my firsts to him. Which I don't regret or blame against him at all, since that was my decision. But I do wonder what's happening a lot of times. Which makes Happi confused and crave cakes

    On the other hand, I know a friend who is fwb's with his ex and they have a complete mutual respect and they're just friendly :D They get along swell and date other people. No pressure. And they can still get physical and not freak out about it.

    I've heard of a bunch of other accounts too. One couple just wasn't ready to devote a whole lot of time, another was literally like a booty-call, no history, casual, somewhat friendly something-or-rather. So yup yup.

    To answer yur questions:
    1. How did it work/not work? It works for now cause we both have sex drives that rival that of porn stars and we have a lot of sexual chemistry, but there's always tension between us cause he's a shag-it-and-go kind of guy and I'd rather at least respect the person i'm with and want the same back. When I have sex, I need to at least want to make the guy feel good. Otherwise it just feels like a creepy doctor's appointment. Whenever it is that we cut off what it is we're doing, it'll probably be coz our lives and the way we regard others are just so different. If you're in it with a good understanding tho, it shud work out just swell :D

    2. Why aren't we dating? Different goals. We're both pretty sporadic & everywhere in terms of life, but he's just not the type to stay tied down when it comes to anything. I'm not much either, but if I really fell hard for the guy, then i'd wanna love him to pieces :D He just doens't stay around people for too long. Against his policy.

    3. One is horny and one is looking for something more permanent? In a way. I'd be scared and foolish to get back in a relationship-relationship with him, but honestly i'd probably do it anyway. I know he doesn't want that. And I don't think he's the type to ever really settle down. Not the way he is. But I immaturely don't wanna believe that that's all there really is to him. Hearing myself say it out loud sounds horrible, but when I fall for a guy, all my sense of logic goes out the door D:
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    INTJ - The Scientists

    HappiLie. Your post was pretty sad. I'm sorry to hear that.

    I think your case is one that pretty clearly shows a FWB relationship that isn't exactly healthy or working. I hope you don't mind me saying that. I really do understand where you are coming from.


    The other posters described their FWBs as basically masturbation tools. Just like porn or a sex toy, they want to get off and it feels better with a real person. In these cases sex is just an act, the emotion doesn't need to be at all involved, right?


    Well, then do those who use FWBs as "tools" care about monogamy or cheating? If sex doesn't have to matter, why is cheating a big deal? Why doesn't everyone (or you guys specifically) have sex with many people at a time whether you are dating or not? Or date a bunch of people and have sex with them all? If your dating one person, you could be having emotional sex with them and non emotional sex with others.


    Lets pretend there is no risk of STDs (or pregnancy or other health problems) here and all parties are consenting adults.
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    ENFP - The Inspirers

    Aw thankchu Inquirey...*huggle* no yu are more than welcome to say that and I know you mean well C:
    I like hearing things from other views. It's refreshing. And I'm thinking you're right on the mark, since this unhealthy thing doesn't make me feel very good But I'm trying.

    Maybe...the whole concept of monogamy and cheating brings up negativity and complications that they'd rather avoid, so they take the route of "I am a free untied single-person and you don't have an excuse to get upset at me when i'm around with other people cause I admitted i'm not committed to you" to avoid it altogether.
    I'm not quite sure. I wish I had a moar concrete answer to give to you

    I do think lots of it is how the individual views sex tho, and also how that ties into how they see commitment.

    The concepts of sex, healthy honest relationships, and commitment are so complicated and simple at the same time, and it's hard to really define them when yur not involved in a particular situation that entails them. If any more interpersonal relationships involving such things come to mind, I'll gladly post about them and see if we can crack down to the craziness surrounding them all. But I surely definitely wish yu luck in finding out more, mah dear :D

    All I can say tho is from experience, being fwb's can be very touchy and yu have to look out for yourself. And if you're in it with someone, make sure you at least respect them enough to want to make them feel good as well as fix your own personal little hormonal surges C:

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    ENFP - The Inspirers

    This is all really fascinating, cause I must admit, I've never had a good idea of what separates "friend with benefits" and an actually relationship. HappiLie, your response was definitely the most informative. Friends with benefits sounds like a crappy deal, honestly. :(

    I dunno, maybe I've naive, but I would like the guy I'm sleeping with to be the only guy I'm sleeping with and vice versa. I guess I feel like, if I were hooking up with him and he was hooking up with other women, it would be a little like I was hooking up with those women, too. I know it's not, really, but I'd feel weird. And I'd feel unspecial. I like to feel special.


 
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