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An enlightening psychologist and international speaker, Dr Marisa G. Franco is known for digesting and communicating science in ways that resonate deeply enough with people to change their lives. She works as a professor at The University of Maryland, writes for Psychology Today, and has been a featured psychologist for major publications like The New York Times, The Telegraph and Vice. She speaks on mental health and belonging at corporations, government agencies, non-profits and universities.


''Dr. Marisa G. Franco and Platonic have been invaluable guides on my journey to nurture and deepen my friendships. Her advice is wise, concrete, and effective—and my friendships are better for it.'
*Glennon Doyle, author of Untamed*

This is a timely, unique guide to approaching friendship, with the love (and self-reflection) it deserves.
*Francesca Specter, author of Alonement*

Reminds us of the importance of platonic love in today’s society - bucking the notion that romantic love trumps everything else in our lives.
*The Wall Street Journal*

Franco gives practical guidance on how to manage psychological (and other) blocks to friendship, paving the way to deeper relationships.
*University of California*

Franco collects and shares the most pertinent insights about the psychology of friendship... game-changing secrets.

Provides a clear and actionable blueprint for forging strong, lasting connections with others?and for becoming our happiest, most fulfilled selves in the process.
*Next Big Idea Club*

A gentle, yet affirming, call-in for us to investigate how we’ve regarded the platonic relationships in our life and opportunities for deep fulfillment that we may be missing out on.
*Joy Harden Bradford, Ph.D., Founder & CEO, Therapy for Black Girls*

Franco offers suggestions for making connections, with step-by-step guidelines on how to be a better pal.
*Essence Magazine*

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, Professor of Psychology at Yale University and host of The Happiness Lab podcast*

A handbook for us all on how to get out of our own way to make new friends.
*The Globe and Mail*

It's hard to make friends as an adult – here's great advice on how to do it

If you want to feel genuinely connected, read this book.
*Shasta Nelson, author of Friendships Don’t Just Happen!*

The evidence is 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*

I closed this book determined to prioritize my friendships as one of the most important aspects of my life
*Laura Tremaine, author of Share Your Stuff. I’ll Go First*

A fascinating meditation on how we develop and build meaningful relationships. An insightful, engaging and thoroughly enjoyable read. Everyone needs this book
*Lauren Martin, author of The Book of Moods*

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