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Friends by Robin Dunbar review - why it pays to be sociable

1 month ago   |   By The Guardian

Is it possible to have more than five very close friends? A miscellany of modern research reveals the life-saving power of our relationships “There is nothing to which nature seems so much to have inclined us, as to society,” wrote Montaigne in “Of Friendship”, an essay celebrating and mourning his BFF, Etienne de La Boétie. According to research cited by the evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar, however, men are much less likely to have a “best friend forever” than women, who are more socially skilled in general. This finding might have surprised Montaigne, who supposed women lacked the...
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