A friend of mine asked an interesting question today:

If sexual frustration is need for sex and romantic frustration is need for romance, what is need for friendship?

Note: To be clear, this is saying Sexual Frustration is the want/need for sex, and Romantic frustration is the want/need for romance, not that they are the same thing.

And I can't come up with a good answer for that. "Loneliness" was suggested, but that's not quite specific to needing a friend, so much as needing anybody at all. And "socially frustrated" doesn't quite work either, because it implies being in a larger social group when that is not necessarily desired.

So, what term would better describe badly needing a friend?

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    I don't understand "sexual/romantic frustration" and "need for sex/romance" to mean the same. There is a difference. – Centaurus Apr 13 '15 at 22:26
  • @Centaurus Yes, they are two separate things. Sorry that isn't clear from the quote, I will try to clear that up. – Zibbobz Apr 13 '15 at 22:37
  • Amical frustration? – Anonym Apr 13 '15 at 23:02
  • friendlorn ? – ermanen Apr 14 '15 at 0:13


He was becoming isolated and in desperate need of friendship.


yearning for friendship

craving for friendship

longing for friendship

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    Possible reasons why this was downvoted? – Marius Hancu Apr 15 '15 at 12:11

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