There is no better feeling for a man than going on to hug his best buddy during a catch-up and yelling “Yo Bro! I missed you.” The very feeling of connectedness is something that cannot be put into words.
You should have come across the term ‘Bro code’ ringing in your ears often when there is a murmur revolving around male friendship. But have you ever thought about it and wondered what it’s about? Bet sure, you would have. Come let us dive into the world of “Bro code” and understand its rules.
What Is The Bro Code?
The Bro Code, as it is known in popular culture, is a code of conduct designated for male friends—more precisely, for bros. Although it is not a legally binding agreement, many men rely heavily on it to direct their behavior and make socially appropriate decisions.
Male friendships come with a level of comprehension, comfort, and even rivalry that is unique to the male experience. What do you think is the one that holds this unique connection together? No other than the concept of the Bro Code which comprises norms that serve as the cornerstone for any long-lasting and successful male friendship. The unstated goals of the Bro Code are to obtain superiority over girls and horizontal support from other bros. Following the Bro Code entails never exposing another guy's negative behavior, even if you are aware that it is wrong. They risk being shunned by the brotherhood if they do. So what could possibly haywire when you follow the Bro Code? Nothing.
The Rules Of Bro Code
The Bro Code is not about enforcing severe rules, but rather about establishing a framework for cultivating long-lasting and deep connections. Loyalty, respecting boundaries, and support are the pillar stones of a well-oiled Bro code.
Conversations stay within you and your bro alone. The Bro Code is built on the principle of trust. A true bro values his bro more than anyone else in the world, so there is no room for secrets to creep in. Your bro deserves to know everything, be it if you have a crush on someone or even any creepy thing you are after. You break that trust when you keep information from your brother. The trust between you and your friend grows greater the more you share and open up to them. Trust makes the relationship feel secure and enables you to rely on each other.
Have Your Bro’s Back
It is natural for a guy to be intimidated by someone or anything, so if your bro requires your assistance, you always assist him. It is always your responsibility to be a decent wingman. If you aren't leading the charge, you should always back the man who is. The cornerstone of the bro code is to always have your friend's back. Your mission is to be the best wingman in wingman history. How do you do that? By refraining from making a funnier joke, pointing out the exaggerations in his stories, and most definitely refraining from making advances toward the woman he likes. Most definitely by telling him that -I am here for you bro.
Respect And Understanding Boundaries
A bro’s girl is his girl-only. It is paramount that you acknowledge that your bro’s girl is meant for him and only him. It's plain stupidity to hit on your bro’s girl. When your kid presents his girlfriend to his friends, he is putting his trust in you. Be friendly, have fun, and engage her in the group, but avoid overt flirting or sexual behavior. Be an excellent pal to your bro. Well, what if you have violated the previous rule and ended up having feelings for your bro’s girl naturally without any real intention? The best course of action is to have an honest discussion with your friend if you discover that you have begun to feel romantic sentiments for his or her girlfriend. It's critical to handle the problem maturely, paying attention to their sentiments and giving them the chance to share their own opinions on the matter.
Catch The Black Sheep And Inform Your Bro
It is your responsibility to inform your bro if you discover that his girlfriend is cheating on him. Sometimes a guy will do everything in his ability to prevent cheating in his relationship, but things don't work out, or the underlying problems are too deep, and his girl walks out. Keep in mind that you are not a true bro if you notice your bro's girl hanging out with another guy and don't immediately phone him to inform him.
Be the go-to for your bro during financial struggles. Financial problems can often be unpleasant and emotionally draining. When you discover that your brother is experiencing financial troubles, offering assistance is a method of demonstrating that you are there for them. In times of need, a loyal bro can be counted on. Assisting in times of trouble is a basic component of being a good friend, whether it's covering a medical expenditure, assisting with rent, or offering a short-term loan.
Bring Your Bro Back On Track
Step up when you need to, whether your bro is under a lot of stress or has just had too many. Being your bro’s voice of reason will help him make the right choice eventually. Such is the power of a handy backup and advice. Remind him that all actions have repercussions and that it is ultimately not worthwhile to get into trouble.
Forgive Your Bro For His Mishaps
Conflict is an inevitable part of any relationship and you can equate that to an unwelcome guest. Bro Code acknowledges that everyone makes mistakes and is imperfect in some way. What if your bro makes a mistake? You should forgive him. Forgiveness is the best way forward as it enables you to solve problems, learn from them, and grow as individuals and as friends. It offers the chance for personal development and evolution. Forgiving your bro will allow him to grow from his mistakes and behave better, especially when it comes to small unintentional offenses.
Don'ts According To The Bro Code
No Low Blow
Never, not even when having fun, hit a bro in the nuts. Never make a cheap shot at your bro that targets every part of the body. The Bro code is against such behavior because it is no good. Absolutely no good!
Do Not Touch Your Bro’s Hair
Boys hate it when someone touches their hair completely off guard and it is a fact. It applies to a fellow bro as well. It is common for boys to be so preservative of their hair and not many like it to be touched or rubbed just like that.
Never Miss The Fist Bump
Last but not least, the iconic and rather famous fist bump. Such a simple gesture right? In the world of bros, a fist bump is a welcome gesture and you should never forget to do a fist bump. I mean, how can you even forget a fist bump?
Bro code is a strong tie created from the tiniest actions. Although these actions might seem insignificant, they have a significant impact on the bond between two friends. The reality is that the majority of guys fervently uphold and are rather proud of the 'Bro code.' It's critical to remember that these rules are intended to promote strong friendships rather than serving as a rigid manual.
So, if you ever find yourself in a precarious circumstance, pause and reflect back on the 'Bro Code.' By doing so, the relationship between you and your bro will endure and last forever.
Written By: V. Sam Josh
Edited By: Chirajita Gupta