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?