Relationship vs Companionship....What's the difference?

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    Jul 27, 2013 7:17 AM GMT
    People think that when you are in a relationship, you should automatically get companionship. That's true but most of the time it doesn't happen that way. That's why sometimes there are people who say they are lonely although they have a partner.What's the difference between relationship and companionship?

    We want it as a security. Relationship = obligation, loyalty, commitment, always there for you when you are up or down.

    This is the EMOTIONAL part. You have a companionship if you are able to talk with the person (make decent conversations) and share stuff.

    You must have both companionship and relationship. Hard but possible.

    If it's just relationship alone, you can end up being lonely and depressed.

    If it's companionship alone, don't expect any future i guess? Good luck to those who think you can live on mere love alone.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Jul 27, 2013 7:22 AM GMT
    My dog is the best companion

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    Jul 27, 2013 3:26 PM GMT
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    Jul 27, 2013 5:10 PM GMT
    Well I think the two in some ways overlap, but I also think they are two different things also.
    IF I had to pick one and not the other I'd take companionship.
    No time, need or energy for relationships but with companionship, I feel that it's easier to develop that and it comes without the complications of a relationship because you can have solid healthy companionship with friends and family.
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    Jul 27, 2013 5:24 PM GMT
    Interesting question, but if somebody isn't a good companion why would you commit to an exclusive sexual relationship with them? Unless you're insecure about being single......icon_biggrin.gif

    Also, in my view a companion you're not in an exclusive relationship with is called a friend.icon_wink.gif

    Is there any particular reason you ask this question?
  • Destinharbor

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    Jul 27, 2013 6:13 PM GMT
    I agree with your definitions but then you suggest if "it's just a relationship" it may not include companionship? For me a relationship is companionship with love. Physical and emotional. Why do you suggest in a relationship you may not have companionship? I'm assuming you're talking about a relationship in the sense of marriage or significant other or life partner or at least boyfriend.
  • Suetonius

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    Jul 28, 2013 8:05 AM GMT
    OP - Things may be different in your part of the world. But in north america and northern europe, a "relationship" generally has both companionship and love. Otherwise we here would not call it a relationship. Even in Italy (in what I would call southern europe), where not so many gay couples live together, there is companionship in that they usually spend a lot of time together.
  • Latenight30

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    Aug 02, 2013 9:20 PM GMT
    Relationships in what the OP is referring, usually comes with some form of stress. Bills, schedule, duties and responsibilities.
    Companionship is like having a good friend who you can count on, talk to, rely on.
    I have both. I think it's the happiest I've been
  • Fargo

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    Aug 02, 2013 11:20 PM GMT
    Unfortunately, I can identify with the OP. I have a relationship, but very little of 'companionship'. This is a big issue for me, but I'm trying to learn to be less needy and make myself busy.
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    Aug 04, 2013 8:36 PM GMT
    A companionship is comradery. Friendship. You share each others company in life experiences. You enjoy Fun times together. Companionship is mostly positive. Fair-weather.

    Relationship is Companionship with responsibility and sacrifice and you're continued involvement when bad times come.