Developing a friendship with someone you view as more than a friend is a task many failed at. It takes patience, security, maturity, the understanding of timing and equally important, independence and self-love. If you really love someone, you would take the time to really get to know them, be their best friend. What makes people rush into relationships is not just the fear of losing that special someone to someone else, but the fear of being place and stuck in the friend zone. The friend zone is an emotional location a person places you once they no longer view you as a romantic interest. People are often placed in the friend zone when they act impulsively on their feelings. They lose a sense of self because they’re lost in in their emotions. Your emotions cannot have control over you during the beginning stages. Yes, you may feel love, but the key here is to allow all the necessary things to happen for the two to grow on the same page. When security, maturity, the understanding of timing and equally important, independence and self-love is absent, you will make mistakes that will you leave you kicking yourself when the friendship has ended. What keeps things on the romantic side is combining friendliness with chivalry, and a few drops of flirting here and there to let the other person know you view them as a friend, but flirt with subtlety and lightly.