A relationship is
a personal association of some permanency. However the basic characteristics
of a relationship even apply to casual encounters. Also, many important
relationships in our life do not involve the sexual urge at all.
Our first relationships are with our parents and other members of our family. We come to know and love the persons who love us. Close physical contact is comforting and a way of expressing love and emotional closeness.
When awareness of our sexuality and the opposite sex develops we become driven by things that are good in their own right and we naturally desire that good for ourselves. So we develop relationships outside our own family which have more than the element of friendship associated with them. (continued)