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3This is the num­ber of friends we need, ac­cord­ing to re­search.** ‘Hu­mans can only main­tain re­la­tion­ships with a lim­ited num­ber of peo­ple,’ says psy­chother­a­pist Dr Jo Gee.

‘Hav­ing lots of friends can be drain­ing, while hav­ing a few means that they are likely to know us bet­ter and un­der­stand what sup­port we re­ally need, mak­ing the re­la­tion­ship much more re­ward­ing.’

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