Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain / Edition 1

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"Why Love Matters explains why love is essential to brain development in the early years of life, and how early interactions between babies and their parents have lasting and serious consequences." Sue Gerhardt explores how the earliest relationship shapes the baby's nervous system. 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 can contribute to conditions such as anorexia, addiction, and antisocial behaviour.
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"This book is a rare achievement. It succeeds in combining the most accessible and readable account of the neurobiology of early development I have come across with an impressive level of scholarship. Though written with a light touch this fascinating updated volume eloquently describes how very recent advances in neuroscience are being used to re-define and deepen our understanding of the relational origins of human nature, and how this knowledge can be used to address the early roots of many of the common problems that all societies are now facing. A best seller in the UK, Sue Gerhardt's book deserves to be more widely read in the USA." - Allan N. Schore, Ph.D., UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

"A sensational read. Combining cutting edge research on the brain, parenting and emotional development with wonderful writing, this is popular science at its best. A page-turner of a book which packs a powerful and life-changing message and is a must-read for parents, policy-makers, childcare professionals, students and indeed anyone interested in a healthier and happier future." - Dr. Graham Music, consultant psychotherapist, Tavistock Clinic, London, and author of Nurturing Natures

"With the knowledge summed up in this superb book, we can ensure that our child and every child gets close to the very limits of human potential."Steve Biddulph, from the foreword

Praise for the first edition: "Why Love Matters is hugely important. It should be mandatory reading for all parents, teachers and politicians." - Rebecca Abrams, in The Guardian

"Sue Gerhardt writes in an easy-to-read, page-turning way and makes complex science tangible, relevant, popular and accessible."-Martine Horvath, Eye on Education

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583918173
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Sue Gerhardt has been a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice since 1997. She co-founded the Oxford Parent Infant Project (OXPIP), a pioneering charity that today provides psychotherapeutic help to hundreds of parents and babies in Oxfordshire and is now the prototype of many new ‘PIPs’ around the country. She is also the author of The Selfish Society (2012).

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Table of Contents

1 Back to the beginning 13
2 Building a brain 32
3 Corrosive cortisol 56
4 Trying not to feel 93
5 Melancholy baby 112
6 Active harm 133
7 Torment 149
8 Original sin 167
9 'If all else fails, hug your teddybear' 195
10 Birth of the future 207
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