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Why Love Matters: How affection shapes a baby's brain by [Gerhardt, Sue]
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"This book provides an interesting and eminently readable account, compressively set out, with a clear description, assisted by case studies, as to how the interaction between automatic physiological responses and biochemical reactions function to help maintain a good state." – Nicola Miller, in Seen and Heard

"For a reader acquainted with psychology, this truly is an all-encompassing book on early human development and presents fascinating links between genetic expression and socio-cultural and environmental influence. " Michael Fiorini, International Journal of Psychotherapy

"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

"The book is successful in conveying the important message about the role which early relationships play in the formation of the brain and is a useful tool for parents, professionals and students… An informative, enjoyable and motivating read." – Gemma Roxanne West, Student Play Therapist for BAPT Magazine

"Bolstering the work of the best-selling 2004 edition is this trade-meets-specialist publication that itnersects neuropsychology with attachment theory to emphasise the foundational importance of scure attachement through one-on-one primary care. The book is the product of impressive literature review and synthesis to further Gerhardt's argument... What is striking about Gerhardt's contribution is the volume of evidence she amasses and the wholistic, arguably 'whole-brained' approach she adopts. Perhaps most compelling, however, is the reported extent of the attachment disturbances... [A] courageous and mmeticulously argued, highly elucidating call to take the care of our most vulnerable dependents more seriously, and install good, present, securely attached love at the centre of our plan to help children live well." - Susie Elliot, researcher, Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia

About 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2459 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (24 Oct. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00NIVQ930
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 259 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,952 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It would be no exaggeration to say that this is one of the most important books ever written. Sue Gerhart, in very easy to understand and readable language, explains how our brains and our bodies are formed by the love we receive as infants, and how the presence or absence of shown love affects the whole of our life, and the whole of life. The fact that love is the most important constituent in life has been recognised by writers for centuries, but what Sue Gerhart does is give the scientific information, the evidence and proof that this is so. She explains very clearly how the way we are treated as babies affects our genes (switching them on of off), our brain, our nervous and immune systems, and the whole biochemistry of our bodies, therefore dictating all our later relationships, physical and mental health, behaviour, and our whole view of the world.

This book - or the findings presented in here - should be taught to all sixteen year olds in schools, to all prospective and actual parents; it should be read by all educators, members of the judicial system, politicians, and all people who are suffering psychological distress, for it explains why people are as they are and shows how we can create happier, saner, more law abiding people from the way we treat them as babies. This book will explain your life to you, and the lives of others who share your world.
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If you have had an uncaring parent and as an adult you struggle with relationships with other's and yourself then this book will help you understand why that is so. This book was recommended to me by my psychotherapist and as helped me understand why I struggle. Although I've still got a very long way to go before I'm able to create tools to help me cope as an adult of 51.
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I read this book (first edition) in about 2004, and loved it then. I bought this second edition (published 2015) to read the updated information on neuroscience, and I still love it, especially Sue Gerhardt's ability to be both readable and erudite. Highly recommended.
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I would recommend this to anyone to read, especially new parents as it's such an eye opener for what really counts. It's based on evidence and is clearly and simply put and gives a greater understanding for why acting in certain ways is either detrimental or beneficial to a babies or child's development.
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great
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Excellent book
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UNICEF quote this book. All parents and policy makers should read it, the world would be a much better place!
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Life changing material. Well worth a read.
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