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

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Published UK, 2015 (2nd edition)
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 determines 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 anti-social behaviour. The second edition of this book updates the scientific research, covering recent findings in genetics and the mind/body connection, and includes a new chapter highlighting our growing understanding of the part played by pregnancy in shaping a baby's future emotional and physical well-being.

Sue Gerhardt is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice in the UK.
Small-format paperback. 303 pages

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