Why Love Matters

    For anyone interested in really solving the problems of poverty and injustice, Why Love Matters: How affection shapes a baby's brain, by Sue Gerhardt is essential reading for all parents teachers and politicians.

    Sue Gerhardt explores how the earliest relationship shapes the baby's nervous system.  She shows how the development of the brain can affect future emotional well being, and goes on to look at specific 'pathways' that can affect the way we respond to stress and can contribute to conditions such as anorexia, addiction, and anti-social behavior.

Sue Gerhardt is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist who co-founded the Oxford Parent Infant Project (OXPIP), a pioneering charity that provides psychotherapeutic help to parents with their babies.
Brain scans and MRI's have turned fields like psychology and psychiatry into data rich fields, after decades and centuries of almost pure speculation.  Modern technology enables scientists to really see how the brain works under different conditions.
The O.J. Simpson trial was the wake-up call.  Years ago, psychology, psychiatry and sociology were the "soft" sciences while physics, mathematics and chemistry were the "hard" sciences. 
OJ Simpson's acquittal in the murder of his wife was proof that things had changed.  The jury consultants beat the DNA experts.

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