Why Love Matters

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Sue Gerhardt is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice. She was a co-founder of the Oxford Parent Infant Project (OXPIP), a pioneering charity that provides psycho-therapeutic help to parents with their babies.

I'm not sure why this book was one of the first books I chose to read from the reading list of the Creative Couplework postgraduate course, but it is definitely an excellent choice for me. This book really explains how parent - child love and affections shapes and forms how the baby's brain works later on in life. I think the author here is onto something very important on why we are to various degrees exposed to patterns and problems that is bound to surface in an intimate relationship. The very short summary of this great book is this: When we are babies, the way we are related to by our primary caretakers forms the resistance and the sensitivity to stress hormones in our brains that has a great impact on how we handle stress and how this in turn affects our physical health as well. This is a book that gathers a lot of information from many areas, including neuroscience, spychology and biochemistry.

I really would recommend reading the introduction in this book, that you may have a taste of at Amazon's bookstore.

The book is divided into three parts:
Part 1, The foundations: Babies and their brains
Part 2, Shaky foundations and their consequences
Part 3, Too much information, not enough solutions

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