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

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Taylor & Francis, Jun 1, 2004 - Psychology - 256 pages
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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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Review: Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain

User Review  - Lily - Goodreads

This is a book every parent and carer should read. The effect our behaviour towards our newborns and very young children has will have far reaching and long lasting effects. This book explains it ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Jamie - Goodreads

This is an excellent book. If you're interested in understanding your own childhood, or if you have children of your own and want to understand parenting more, this gives a really scientific, well ... Read full review

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