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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A Brain Scientist With A ‘Stroke Of Insight’ : NPR

Jul 16, blte rated it did not like it. She’s spent years getting her left brain back, and as a result has a unique perspective on the relationship of the two halves. Kip May hide caption. She makes a conscious effort to verbally thank the cells, organs and systems in her body for doing a good job.

My Stroke of Insight

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. And then I lost my balance, and I’m propped up against the wall. Buy the Audiobook Download: What particularly bothered me in this instance was that only after the author suffered tremendous brain trauma was she able to “step to tatlor right [side of her brain: We don’t judge people who are having strokes because they cannot speak properly–we care for them, we monitor them, we help them.

Nov 29, Natalie rated it it was ok Shelves: I have found it fascinating to listen to the story, especially …more I heard about it in a TED Talk, too, and decided to download the audio book. I suspect that this book is the result of divided intentions about its goals and audience — perhaps between the author and her editor, or between the author’s two brain halves, I don’t know.

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In that instant, I suddenly felt vulnerable, and I noticed that the constant brain chatter that routinely familiarized me with my surroundings was no insighg a predictable and constant flow of conversation. To have suffered such a traumatic brain injury and live to tell about it in such detail is amazing.

For Taylor, her stroke was a blessing and a revelation.

Our left hemisphere is all about strokr past and it’s all about the future. As a brain scientist, she has a stroke then discovers she is one with the universe. Our right human hemisphere is all about this present moment.

My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor | : Books

Again this resonates very much with many of the able pupils I see who can easily become convinced that they’re interpretation of things is correct even though there may be overwhelming evidence to the contrary. She also relates a lot of her understanding of how the right brain works to negative or positive energy that she is now able to intuit to guide her life.

I listened to the audio version on a lengthy drive, and the second half of the book functioned as a yoga nidra meditation. View all 5 comments. She lost use of the left side of her brain the analytical part and actually seemed to enjoy simply using her right brain for a while, not worrying about her ego, feeling compassion and inner peace, etc. She describes her route fantastically well, including her frustrations with the medical field.

There’s a lot of good science and high-tech brain imaging to support this. My other half, who doesn’t read this kind of thing, immediately picked it up and read the first few chapters. Maybe this is a crazy idea Her Recommendations for Recovery in the back ought to be posted in all healthcare facilities.


My blood pressure must have been dropping as a result of the bleeding in my brain because I felt as if all of my systems, including my mind’s ability to instigate movement, were moving into a slow mode of operation.

A Brain Scientist With A ‘Stroke Of Insight’

This memoir is a personal and scientific account of how our brains function, how we can help improve insighf function just by being aware of the neurocircuitry and physiological effects of how we think.

The book is about the events of that day, as well as Dr. The relat Everyone who has ever had a stroke must have this book read to them, slowly.

And it was the kind of caustic pain that you get when you bite into ice cream. Within a span of four hours, she could not speak, read, walk, write or remember anything from her past. The description of her experience is deeply thought provoking.

The author read the au Jill Bolte Taylor was a single, year old neuroanatomist brain scientistwhen she, herself, suffered a stroke. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.