Why Love Matters, Paperback book

Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes A Baby's Brain[Paperback]

by Sue Gerhardt

5.00 out of 5 (1 ratings)

Taylor & Francis Ltd 
Publication Date:
01 July 2003 
Human Reproduction, Growth & Development 


Why Love Matters explains why love is essential to brain development in the early years of life, particularly to the development of our social and emotional brain systems, and presents the startling discoveries that provide the answers to how our emotional lives work. Sue Gerhardt considers how the earliest relationship shapes the baby's nervous system, with lasting consequences, and how our adult life is influenced by infancy despite our inability to remember babyhood. She shows how the development of the brain can affect future emotional well being, and goes on to look at specific early 'pathways' that can affect the way we respond to stress and lead to conditions such as anorexia, addiction, and anti-social behaviour. Why Love Matters is a lively and very accessible interpretation of the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, psychoanalysis and biochemistry. It will be invaluable to psychotherapists and psychoanalysts, mental health professionals, parents and all those concerned with the central importance of brain development in relation to many later adult difficulties.

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  • An absolutely fascinating book that I would highly recommend to any parent or prospective parent. As a grandmother of 3, mother to 3, ex midwife, postnatal doula and psychotherapy student, it is relevant to all these roles and I will be telling my clients all about it. Read before we do any more damage to our children from poor childcare practices!

    5.00 out of 5


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