Out on 15 September 2022

Platonic

Marisa G. Franco, PhD

15 September 2022
9781529075885
336 pages

Synopsis

'A timely, unique guide to approaching friendship, often the profoundest source of connection in your life, with the love (and self-reflection) it deserves.' – Francesca Specter, author of Alonement

A life-affirming handbook on how understanding the science of attachment can help you find friends and forge strong, lasting connections with others.


When was the last time you put yourself out there to make a new friend?

For many of us, the answer is too long ago.

Step forward psychologist and friendship expert Dr Marisa G. Franco, who explains how the undervaluing of friendship in our culture has led to an epidemic of isolation, and what we can do about it. Using the groundbreaking 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 unlocking what we’re doing right (and what we could do better) in our friendships. This book is the ultimate guide to learning how we make and keep friends for life.

'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.' – Dr Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology at Yale University and host of The Happiness Lab podcast

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.

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.

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.