Relationships such as friendship, love, family, and
work are held together by adherence to certain rules.
Friendship rules include such behavior as standing up for your friend in his or her absence, sharing information and feelings about successes, demonstrating emotional support for your friend, trusting and offering to help your friend in need, and trying to make your friend happy when you're together.
Romantic rules: Acknowledge each other's individual identities, and live beyond the relationship. Express similar attitudes, beliefs, values, and interests. Enhance each other's self-worth and self-esteem. Be open, genuine, and authentic to each other. Remain loyal and faithful to each other. Have substantial shared time together. Reap rewards commensurate with their investments relative to the other party. Experience a mysterious and inexplicable "magic" in each other's presence.
Family rules: Like the rules of friendship and lovers, family rules tell you which behaviors will be rewarded and which will be punished.
Workplace rules: Work very hard. Be cooperative in teams; the good of the company comes first. Don't reveal company policies and plans to workers at competing firms. Don't form romantic relationships with other workers. Avoid even the hint of sexual harassment.