Dunbar’s Number

Dunbar’s number is a theory that you can only maintain meaningful connections or relationships with no more than 150 people. Dunbar’s number refers to the people you know and keep in social contact with. Those would generally be the meaningful connections that you make.

This is a freeing concept because often we are overwhelmed by all the people that we know and feeling obligated to maintain all those relationships. Quite honestly though (and according to Dunbar’s number theory) if we only have the capacityfor 150 meaningful connections, then a lot of the people we encounter won’t actually be important in our lives, and that’s okay. That allows for us to truly love those that we are with and not be worrying about countless others at the same time.