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

6 thoughts on “Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain

  1. PaintedDog PaintedDog says:

    This is not just for parents I learnt so much about myself and why I act as I do and relate as I do It s one of the most valuable and important books I ve read for myself, I learnt so much.It also fundamentally shifted my politics on who s responsible for young people I started believing that those who opt for children should be responsible for their upbringing, i.e costs and childcare I was instantaneously persuaded instead that as a society at large we are responsible for ensuring the right conditions for parents to be able to nurture their children, if we want good citizens and a good society.Do read her follow up A Selfish Society A progressive society is reliant on thinkers such as Sue Gerhardt.

  2. L Cooper L Cooper says:

    This is a highly recommended book for therapists who arr seeking further understanding of the early development of human attachment Also recommended to those planning to become parents who themselves have not had good nurturing experiences and want to change the cycle.

  3. Lola Lola says:

    This is an excellent book I recommend it to lots of people it makes you think about how and why we all developed a must for all new mums ought to be given this when their babe has been born

  4. Shelley K. Shelley K. says:

    This is a wonderfully readable book on the complex subject of attachment and early development I read it early into my first pregnancy so it was perfect timing for thinking on my own little baby on the way It was recommended to me by a colleague we re clinical psychologists and in turn I ve recommended it to so many others already I also found it professionally very relevant in considering the impact of their parenting on my clients development However, it s an easy read and you don t have to be a professional to enjoy and get a lot out of it This is a must read for anyone interested in early childhood and why love matters than anything else to our babies.

  5. Ms Julie Janssen Ms Julie Janssen says:

    Confirms all my already held beliefs about the importance of nurture on future mental and physical health It s essential reading for potential and new parents if you want your child to grow up with stability, security and resilience into adulthood.

  6. Mwara Kungu Mwara Kungu says:

    This book is great supportive reading for anyone who doubts themselves their parenting styles, it lent me moral fibre I had to stand up for myself against my mothers and grandmothers styles which were very much children should not be a nuisance to adults and my kids are six and four now, so far I like my results and am still able to provide boundaries I found it very reassuring to know there was an effect on some part of the brain going on, I wasn t just being a wuss I must say I found the services of a good osteopath invaluable, hard to carry your kids about in the post pregnancy years without damaging yourself else It s not a fast read, love is not a very scientific word and when you have to back up every statement with pages of studies it is very dense But I m SO glad someone did that work.