In “Platonic,” Dr. Franco tackles the pressing question of how to cultivate and maintain meaningful friendships in an era marked by distraction, burnout, and societal pressures. Through illuminating anecdotes and evidence-based strategies, she dispels common myths surrounding friendship dynamics, such as the misconception that friendships should develop organically without effort.

Central to Dr. Franco’s approach is the concept of attachment styles—secure, anxious, or avoidant—and their profound influence on our interpersonal relationships. By understanding our attachment style, she argues, we can unlock the secrets to building lasting connections and overcoming barriers to intimacy.

What sets “Platonic” apart is its actionable blueprint for forging strong, meaningful friendships at any stage of life. Dr. Franco provides readers with practical tools grounded in scientific research, empowering them to cultivate richer, more fulfilling relationships with others and, ultimately, with themselves.

As a seasoned psychologist and professor at the University of Maryland, Dr. Franco brings a wealth of expertise and insight to her exploration of human connection. Her work has been featured in reputable publications such as The New York Times and Psychology Today, solidifying her reputation as a leading voice in the field of relationship science.

336 pages