Introduction. Part I: The Foundations: Babies and their Brains. Back to the Beginning. Building a Brain. Corrosive Cortisol. Conclusion to Part 1. Part II: Shaky Foundations and their Consequences. Trying Not to Feel. Melancholy Baby. Active Harm. Torment. Original Sin. Part III: Too Much Information, Not Enough Solutions. "If All Else Fails, Hug Your Teddy Bear". Birth of the Future. Bibliography.
"Why Love Matters is hugely important. It should be mandatory reading for all parents, teachers and politicians." - The Guardian "Sue Gerhardt's choice of title reflects the loving attention to detail that is the essence of this book... excellently researched and well-written book which deserves to be widely read by practitioners, researchers and parents." - Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice "Sue Gerhardt has written a vitally important book - a must-read for every parent, teacher, physician and politician." - Daniel Goleman, author Emotional Intelligence "I would like to add to that positive view and suggest that this book be on every reading list you offer to new parents, politicians, clients, colleagues, family and friends." - Jeannie Wright, British Journal of Guidance and Counselling "Gerhardt's book offers perhaps one of the most concise arguments for why love and affection in early life truly do matter. Written with clear and direct language, this text can serve as a general resource for mental health professionals and parents alike." - Rachel Altamirano, Clinical Social Work Journal