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Marisa G. Franco

How the Science of Attachment Can Help You Make - and Keep - Friends

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Platonic by Marisa G. Franco explores the complex dynamics of platonic relationships, providing insights on how to navigate them to promote emotional connections and personal growth.

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    Friendships shape who we are.

    Harriet had searched for a spouse her whole life. She envied her coworker Denise for having a loving husband and gorgeous twins – and wished she could have the same, too.

    Thankfully, after decades of searching, Harriet met and married Frederico. She thought her life was finally complete. But then, Frederico sadly passed away. In that moment, Harriet made an intriguing realization: friends are more valuable than a husband. She found solace in them when she mourned. And after she healed from losing Frederico, she had friends to fill her time and make her life more meaningful than ever.

    Westerners would probably frown at Harriet's claim that friendship is more important than romantic relationships. This comes as no surprise, given how Western culture significantly undervalues platonic ties.

    However, friendship, as it turns out, has a much greater effect on our lives than we often give it credit for. According to meta-analyses, exercise reduces mortality by 23–30 percent. But having a big social network reduces it by 45 percent! Another study reports that socializing with friends increases happiness levels more than time spent with spouses or children.

    Apart from improving our well-being on the physiological and psychological side of things, friendship also molds us as individuals. For one, having friends teaches us to be more empathetic – not only to our peers but to people in general. This is because friendships provide opportunities to practice and cultivate empathy.

    Having quality connections also boosts our appeal as potential friends. Research reveals that the better friends we have, the more moral, attentive, and, again, empathetic we ourselves become. 

    Simply put, friendship serves as a portal to our most authentic, generous, and rich selves. By shaping us into more well-rounded individuals, our friendships equip us to build relationships that last.

    But how exactly do we make and keep friends in the first place?

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    What is Platonic about?

    Platonic (2022) is an actionable guide to making and keeping friends as an adult. It combines true stories of friendship with psychological research to give you clear, actionable, and practical advice on building better friendships. 

    Platonic Review

    Platonic by Marisa G. Franco is a thought-provoking book that explores the complexities of modern friendships and the impact it has on our lives. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It delves into the importance of emotional connections and how they contribute to our overall well-being.
    • With relatable stories and insightful anecdotes, the book examines the different types of friendships we encounter, shedding light on their significance.
    • The author's authentic voice and genuine exploration of friendship make the book engaging and relatable, ensuring it is anything but boring.

    Who should read Platonic?

    • People who want to become better friends
    • Anyone who’s struggled to make new friends as an adult
    • Friends who’d like to strengthen their relationships

    About the Author

    Dr. Marisa G. Franco is a professor at the University of Maryland, where she also earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology. She has done extensive research on friendship, which she presents to various organizations across the United States. 

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    What is the main message of Platonic?

    The main message of Platonic is to explore the nature of love and relationships, and how they impact our lives.

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    Is Platonic a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Platonic is a thought-provoking read that delves into the complexities of love and brings a fresh perspective to relationships.

    Who is the author of Platonic?

    The author of Platonic is Marisa G. Franco.

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