Odds are you think about your friends a lot. But how often do you think about the type of friend you are? The truth is, we all take on different roles in our relationships, says psychologist Andrea Bonior. Each friendship type has its own strengths and weaknesses, so knowing which one you are can pay off in surprising ways. “How we relate to others impacts all aspects of our lives, like school, our future careers, how we spend our time, and even how we treat strangers,” Bonior says. Understanding yourself as a friend can help you have strong connections with everyone from future roommates to future bosses. Read on to find out how.