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My Stroke of Insight () is a non-fiction book by American author Jill Bolte Taylor. In it, she tells of her experience in of having a stroke in her left. Jill Bolte Taylor was in her late 30s when a blood vessel exploded in her brain. The irony? Taylor is a neurological researcher. While a stroke. The astonishing New York Times bestseller that chronicles how a brain scientist’s own stroke led to enlightenment On December 10, , Jill Bolte Taylor.

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The parts that I really appreciated were her account of the actual experience of having a stroke and the initial chapters that explained some basic brain science. Talk to your cells!

When she lost the skills of her left brain, her consciousness shifted away from normal reality where she felt “at one with the universe. I like the author’s means of sharing her insight in a practical and understandable way.

One funny detail during the stroke is that, while she’s rapidly losing the ability to conceptualize numbers and language, somehow part of her brain still knew she needed HMO approval prior to using emergency For me, the most fascinating part of this book is the description of the actual stroke and the immediate aftermath.

Jill explained that her mother never asked yes or no questions because these taught nothing and were too easy to answer yet did not reveal whether Jill truly knew the answer. Become aphasic does anyone suggest a scan here? My Stroke of Insight: And imagine all of the relationships in the external world and any stressors related to any of those — they were gone. There’s great value here – but you have to wade through a lot to get to it. Francine Benes, in the Harvard Department of Psychiatry.


A Brain Scientist With A ‘Stroke Of Insight’

She ultimately recovers and records her detailed memories of the stroke and its aftereffects. This is what drew me to reading My Stroke of Insightand the book does deliver on its promise before it veers off into territory that I couldn’t quite appreciate.

I just wanted her, at some point, to say: So there was a lot of meaning in my life because I was performing this type of research during the day, but then in the evenings and on the weekends, I traveled as an advocate for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

In medicine, we have a great deal to learn from knowing what our patients are going through I’m a neurologist, so I approached this book from a different angle than most readers, I imagine.

Trust that my brain can always continue to learn.

Jill Bolte Taylor

It’s not just about strokes, or even about general brain injuries. Audio and E-book versions were also released.

Instead she gave choices This is the front of the brain, the back of brain with the spinal cord hanging down, and this is how it would be positioned inside of my head. The book is about the events of that day, as well as Dr. Taylor begins with some basic, fundamental brain science, to set the scene.

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Broca’s area language production and Wernicke’s area language comprehension are in the left hemisphere. This is the only negative book review I have ever added to this website. This is, in essence, a self help book marked by the author’s inflated with due reason, I know sense of self and a few interesting tidbits about brain chemistry.


I’ve got to focus. While a stroke typically leaves devastating effects in the body — and oftentimes leads to death — Taylor has made a complete recovery.

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It’s one part pop-science, 1 part survival memoir, 1 part oddly cold narcissism, and 1 part new age metaphysics. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. When her left brain went offline due to the stroke, she experienced only living in her right brain –what she d I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. As I walked, I noticed that talor movements were no longer fluid.

On Jikl 10,Jill Bolte Taylor, a thirty-seven-year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist experienced a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. Where did I throw the book across the room? Views Read Edit View history. There was no grace to my pace and my balance was so impaired that my mind seemed completely preoccupied with just keeping me upright.

It really can go on learning throughout life. Because of her understanding of the brain, her respect for the cells in her body, and an amazing mother, Jill completely recovered. I love reading about the brain. My Stroke of Insight is her account of what happened that day, her subsequent 8-year recovery, and how these events changed her life for the better.

This book is reassuring in many ways.

The relat Everyone who has ever had a stroke must have this book read to them, slowly.