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Why Love Matters How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain

ISBN-10: 0415870534
ISBN-13: 9780415870535
Edition: 2nd 2015 (Revised)
Authors: Sue Gerhardt
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2015
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 9/16/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

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. This fully revised and updated edition of the bestselling book contains brand new research and a new chapter on prenatal factors.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 wellbeing, 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. This massively successful book has proved to 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.

SUE GERHARDT is a practising psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She wrote the bestselling Why Love Matters, an accessible account of the neuroscience of early development.

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