The Gottmans' Sound Relationship House Theory emphasizes the importance of friendship as the foundation for a solid intimate relationship. The Gottman's don't come to this position lightly as they have 40+ years of research to back up their position. However, this NY Times article distinguishes between what we commonly assume to be a best friend relationship and that of an intimate relationship. It is thought provoking and worth a read in my opinion. Click here to check it out.
Michael Basta, LCSW