Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain

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Taylor & Francis, Jun 1, 2004 - Psychology - 256 pages

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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This book should be read by anyone thinking of / or currently raising a child, as early as possible. It's about the real physical impact experiences have on their developing brain, and the impact it has on the grown person. We have the knowledge, we know that it's fact. There's no reason to keep pretending that old habits are better than an honest evaluation of what's really happening. We need to face the facts, be brave, and forget what our parents (or their parents) may have done. Onward to a more loving and peaceful society.
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