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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Also, I was unaware when I began the book that the second half would be filled with motivational, self-help type crap.

I, however, have not suffered from a stroke, still experience the two hemispheres of my brain as a single consciousness, and am generally much harder-pressed to “step to the right.

She is not a clinician. Maybe just knowing she made it is enough, though. Jill talked about the need for her would be teachers and helpers to be infinitely patient and kind. June 25, Then I realized, “Oh my gosh! It was not always obvious which was which, and I suspect many readers will be confused and assume her personal theories are more scientifically grounded than taulor actually are.

On December 10,Bolte Taylor woke up to discover that she was experiencing a stroke.

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Boltr because of her training and knowledge and partly, I suspect, because of the way the stroke’s effects developed and progressed, she was able to observe herself and analyze the process as it was happening and somehow remembered or recovered this information later — which seems to me the amazing part perhaps a little too amazing? It’s unfortunate that insighht book that should be the demonstration of her recovery kept making me wonder whether she was expressing herself so badly because of her brain injury.


This has been well known for over a decade now. What kee While I found the anatomical knsight of a stroke interesting and the tour of how the brain works equally engaging, the remaining chapters on the possibility of obtaining peace through the right brain fascinated me. Unfortunately, intertwined with her narrative is an explanation of how the brain works that is suspect, to be sure.

My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey

I am serious about not hooking into those negative loops of thought. While a stroke typically leaves jill effects in the body — and oftentimes leads to death — Taylor has made a complete recovery.

Did you know the left brain is the storyteller? I am anxious for my wife to read this book so we can talk about the parallels in this book and to her recent study of yoga and meditation Bloomington, IndianaU.

To offer opportunities for learning by experience. Who would have guessed that my left hemisphere needed to be told about color for it to register?

Since much information was lost, G. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. None of this could be relearn the through talk or reading Her mother gently and compassionat There’s great value here – but you have to wade through a lot to get to it.

And imagine all of the relationships in the external world and any stressors related to any of those — they were gone. They cannot pick out words from the noisiness of the environment though to everyone else that does not seem noisy, they are fascinated by light, movement. I taylro suckered in. Tayllr author had a stroke, it is absolutely incredible how well she has recovered, and I have no idea whatsoever how the stroke may have affected her writing capabilities.


In that instant, I suddenly felt vulnerable, and I noticed that the constant brain chatter that routinely familiarized me with my surroundings was no longer a predictable and constant flow of conversation. The physiology and knowle In a nut shell: And I curl up into a little fetal ball.

It had to be experienced.

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Feb 21, bup rated it liked it Shelves: It is extremely interesting. I was really, really wanting to love this book. Which would you choose? However, I’m extremely glad I read it. I was also fascinated by her account of the first few hours spent in a hospital bed- where we first witness the result I finished this book today and I actually had to sit down and sift through my feelings trying to decide whether I like it or not.

When her left brain went offline due to the stroke, she experienced only living in her right brain –what she describes as a blissful nirvana. Taylor began working in a lab in Boston where they were mapping out the brain to figure out which cells communicate with which cells.

I just wish she’d stuck more with the actual story of it than venture into lectures ala John Bradshaw and Joel Osteen.

My Stroke of Insight

Looking for More Great Reads? All complex cognitive function and information processing require complex interactions of various regions of the brain in both hemispheres. Feb 24, Marlan rated it it was ok.

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