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60 Mindful Minutes

Sep 20, 2022

How do we make and keep friends in an era of distraction, burnout, and chaos, especially in a society that often prizes romantic love at the expense of other relationships? This is the question Dr. Marisa G. Franco explores in her new book, Platonic: How the Science of Attachment Can Help You Make--and Keep—Friends.

Using insights from attachment theory and the latest scientific research on friendship, Marisa shows us that making new friends, and deepening longstanding relationships, is not only possible but essential. This week you’ll learn specific, research-based ways to improve the quantity and quality of your platonic connections.


Guest Bio

Dr. Marisa G. Franco holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland and works as a professor there currently. She writes for Psychology Today and she has been a featured psychologist in The New York Times, NPR, and Good Morning America. Dr. Franco delivers talks about connection and belonging all over the country to private companies, universities, and non-profit organizations.


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


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Host Bio

Kristen Manieri is a coach who works with teams to increase both productivity and wellbeing. She also helps individuals navigate transition with clarity and confidence. Her areas of focus are: stress reduction, energy management, mindset, resilience, habit formation, rest rituals, and self-care. As the host of the weekly 60 Mindful Minutes podcast, an Apple top 100 social science podcast, Kristen has interviewed over 200 authors about what it means to live a more conscious, connected, intentional and joyful life. Learn more at 


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