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249: The Science of Making and Keeping Friends as an Adult with Marisa Franco

By September 27, 2022February 2nd, 2023No Comments

Why is it so hard to make friends as an adult? Or at least make really good friends.

It can seem daunting and a little scary if you haven’t done it before, but the good news: there are specific, research-based ways to improve the number and quality of your connections using the insights of attachment theory and the latest scientific research on friendship.

So today we’re going to talk about a clear and actionable blueprint for forging strong, lasting connections with others—and for becoming our happiest, most fulfilled selves in the process.

Our guest is Marisa Franco. She is a psychologist, a national speaker, a professor at The University of Maryland and author of “Platonic: How The Science of Attachment Can Help You Make—and Keep—Friends”.

We Will Learn

  • The biggest mindset shift you can take on when meeting new people.
  • How to deal with conflict in friendships, and how to decide which ones are worth the effort.
  • How to optimize your socializing efforts and keep the friends you meet.


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