Eminently sensible and rather heartwarming.
Gerhardt is an experienced psychotherapist who brings her wealth of background to her book. Her central point is that a properly functioning human being achieves that state as a result of intense, loving upbringing. The key period for this upbringing is the first two or three years of life. Moreover, without such upbringing the baby’s brain is impaired. In other words, there are physical consequences to the poor upbringing of children. For example, the orbitofrontal cortex will not form properly. As a result, the very sense of the baby’s self will be damaged without love from the baby’s caregivers.
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