How many meaningful relationships do you have?

I’m feeling a little inadequate in the relationships department.

Robin Dunbar, a British anthropologist, says we can have a maximum of 150 meaningful, stable relationships without collapsing under the strain. More than that number and our brains can’t handle it.

I don’t think I have anything near 150 meaningful relationships. Probably more like 15 than 150. And of those, there are only a handful that feel mutual, loving and two-way.

I love this quote from Brenden Dilley:

I am loyal to a set of values and principles. They’re based on honesty, trust, positivity, sincerity, authenticity, reliability, empathy and ethics. The people in my life, whether they’ve been there for a week, a day, or years, all receive my loyalty based on their expression of these values.

How many meaningful relationships do you have? And what’s your definition of meaningful?


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One thought on “How many meaningful relationships do you have?

  1. rmwk100 March 17, 2014 at 8:21 am Reply

    I echo everything you said. Those two-way relationships are so rare and precious. I’d be very surprised if many people have more than two or three of them, and sadly, some will have none. And yes, being ready to respond with openness and love to complete strangers, just as much as to people you know, is SO important. Keep going! XXXXXXX

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