The power of friendship is… demonstrated by science. Psychologists theorize 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.
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
- Marissa’s website
- Platonic: How The Science of Attachment Can Help You Make and Keep Friends
- Assess your friendship strengths with Marissa’s free quiz
- Want to make a new friend? Your best bet is to simply be brave and initiate.
- Try reframing loneliness as 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.
Learn more at remotely-curious.com.
Dr. Marisa G. Franco
Psychologist, professor and author
Dr. Marissa Franco is a friendship expert whose book Platonic: How the Science of Attachment Can Help You Make—and Keep—Friends, debuts in Sep 2022.