Out on 15 September 2022


Marisa G. Franco, PhD

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15 September 2022
336 pages

How do we build meaningful connections in a time of distraction and burnout?

How can we learn to appreciate the true value of friendship in a society which places romantic love above all?

Living in an ever-more-fragmented society, it might seem daunting to make and maintain friendships. But what if we could overcome our isolation epidemic by harnessing the power of platonic relationships?

In this rigorously researched and compelling book, friendship expert and psychologist Dr. Marisa G. Franco shares why making friends and forging platonic connections doesn't just help to combat loneliness and better our society, but will also help us to lead happier and more fulfilled lives.

Looking at the ground-breaking framework behind attachment theory, Platonic teaches us to identify and understand our individual styles - secure, anxious or avoidant - and why exploring how we behave in relationships is the key to unlock what we're doing right (and what we could do better) in our friendships.

Weaving together cutting-edge research in neuroscience and psychology with interviews, personal stories and practical advice, this book gives us the tools we need to create and preserve friendships for life.

As a culture we have long been obsessed with romantic love and parent/child love, and yet it will be our friendships that will most determine our health and out happiness. Reading Platonic will not only inspire a shift in your priorities but will also guide you to create the community you crave. Filled with studies, interviews, and real-life stories, Marisa Franco leads us back to what matters most: love in all its forms. If you want to feel genuinely connected, read this book.

Shasta Nelson, author of Friendships Don’t Just Happen!

Filled with evidence-based tips and stories you can't wait to share, Platonic is a fantastic guide not just for making and keeping friends—it's also a manifesto for how to more effectively invest in the stuff that really matters in life.

Laurie Santos, Chandrika and Ranjan Tandon Professor of Psychology at Yale University and host of The Happiness Lab podcast

If you don’t want to see the doctor, see your friends. The evidence on this is very clear—having strong connections is the lowest-hanging fruit on the tree of a healthy life. What’s less straightforward is how you go about doing that, so see this doctor and she’ll help keep you away from the other ones.

Billy Baker, author of We Need to Hang Out