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Psychologist, friendship expert and author Dr Marisa Franco talks about the science behind making friends and shares her six-part plan for cultivating friendships at work. 

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Listen to Episode 3: Friendship

When was the last time you made a new friend? And how often have you wanted to reach out to someone new, but stopped yourself? In today’s episode, we talk to psychologist, friendship expert and author Dr Marisa Franco about why making friends as a grown up requires us to be extra intentional, and how the secret to making good friends is to be a good friend. 

The power of friendship is… demonstrated by science. Psychologists theorise that our relationships, like oxygen, food, or water, are necessary for us to function. When stripped of them, we cannot thrive, which explains why friendship powerfully influences mental and physical health.

~ Dr Marisa Franco, Platonic: How the Science of Attachment Can Help You Make – and Keep – Friends

We’ll talk about:

  • Why having a friend at work makes you more likely to be engaged and stay longer 
  • How anxious, avoidant and securely attached folks approach friendship
  • What loneliness really is, and what to do if when you’re missing connection
  • How to deepen your connection with friends by “re-potting” them in new contexts

About Marisa: 

More resources:


  • Want to make a new friend? Your best bet is to simply be brave and initiate.
  • Try reframing loneliness as alone time. Choosing to spend time in solitude can help you enjoy it more. 
  • When in doubt, assume people like you. Most social fears are unfounded.

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Special guests

Dr Marisa G. Franco

Psychologist, professor and author

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Dr Marisa Franco is a friendship expert whose book Platonic: How the Science of Attachment Can Help You Make – and Keep – Friends, debuts in Sep 2022. 

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Virtual First toolkit

Teamwork kit

How do you stay in flow together when there are endless Zoom screens and many miles between your team members? Whether you’re looking to cut through small talk, connect around a shared purpose or build a sense of belonging, our Teamwork kit’s got you covered. 

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