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


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DC, August 19, 2012 (view all comments by DC)
Deeply interesting book about right and left brain, and where "we" are and how we integrate the information received. Useful along with meditation. As a culture, we need more right-brain thinking, and now. This is a fast and fascinating read - very accessible. Anything that can move us globally toward connection and compassion is highly welcome!
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cils023, January 10, 2012 (view all comments by cils023)
Who knew brain stroke could be so exciting. Taylor writes about this critical injury from the point of view of a brain scientist who has both experienced a stroke *and* has recovered enough to describe it with humor and in minute detail. I recommend that people at least read the first chapter, even if they are not at first convinced that the topic sounds appealing: it is like a ringside view of the author experiencing the acute stroke episode in real time. Reading like a psychedelic or endogenous mystical experience, it also captures the voice of Taylor's analytical mind as it narrates its own slipping away like water through a sieve before she it rushed to the hospital.
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smiley reader, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by smiley reader)
I have always been fascinated by the brain and how its function affects our behavior and learning. To read a book by an actual brain scientist who was able to comment on what happened during her stroke from her knowledge was a unique voyage into the brain's inner workings, and how it heals itself.
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Susan Jacobson, September 7, 2011 (view all comments by Susan Jacobson)
I first saw a video of Jill Bole Taylor speaking on a TED Talk. She was amazing, and I knew then that I would read her book. This book is not just for victims of brain trauma and those who love them. This book is relevant for any human with a brain. :) Truly, nirvana is only a thought away--at any time we can choose to go there. Also fascinating to hear a brain scientist describe a stroke from the inside--this is a rare opportunity to share her insight. Loved this book.
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writermala, April 13, 2011 (view all comments by writermala)
What a journey!! Dr.Jill Bolte while describing her stroke and recovery goes beyond the physiological trauma - rather she describes the special insight the experience afforded her. The most valuable lesson I learned was to stop myself from being caught in the world of "doing" and instead just "be." Another profound statement was, "Peace is only a thought away, and all we have to do to access it is to silence the voice of our dominating Left Mind." Her definition of FEAR as False Expectations Appearing Real is very re-assuring as are her methods of "stepping to the right." All in all a very well-written thorough 'Must Read.'
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Taylor, Jill Bolte
Plume Books
Taylor, Ph.D., Jill Bolte
Taylor, Ph. D.
Life Sciences - Human Anatomy & Physiology
Healing - General
Medical - General
Diseases - Nervous System (incl. Brain)
Personal Memoirs
Cerebrovascular disease -- Patients.
Human Physiology
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from 12
b/w illustrations throughout
7.36x6.05x.50 in. .41 lbs.
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from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In 1996, 37-year-old neuroanatomist Taylor experienced a massive stroke that erased her abilities to walk, talk, do mathematics, read, or remember details. Her remarkable story details her slow recovery of those abilities (and the cultivation of new ones) and recounts exactly what happened with her brain. Read proficiently by the author, this is a fascinating memoir of the brain's remarkable resiliency and of one woman's determination to regain her faculties and recount her experience for the benefit of others. Taylor repeatedly describes her 'stroke of insight'-a tremendous gratitude for, and connection with, the cells of her body and of every living thing-and says that although she is fully recovered, she is not the same driven, type-A scientist that she was before the stroke. Her holistic approach to healing will be valuable to stroke survivors and their caregivers, who can pick up suggestions from Taylor's moving accounts of how her mother faithfully loved her back to life." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Transformative....[Taylor's] experience...will shatter [your] own perception of the world."
"Review" by , "[Dr. Taylor] brings a deep personal understanding to something she long studied: that the two lobes of the brain have very different personalities."
"Review" by , "Fascinating...invaluable...fearless....This book is about the wonder of being human."
"Synopsis" by , A brain scientist's journey from a debilitating stroke to full recovery becomes an inspiring exploration of human consciousness and its possibilities.
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The astonishing New York Times bestseller that chronicles how a brain scientist's own stroke led to enlightenment

On December 10, 1996, Jill Bolte Taylor, a thirty-seven- year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist experienced a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. As she observed her mind deteriorate to the point that she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life-all within four hours-Taylor alternated between the euphoria of the intuitive and kinesthetic right brain, in which she felt a sense of complete well-being and peace, and the logical, sequential left brain, which recognized she was having a stroke and enabled her to seek help before she was completely lost. It would take her eight years to fully recover.

For Taylor, her stroke was a blessing and a revelation. It taught her that by "stepping to the right" of our left brains, we can uncover feelings of well-being that are often sidelined by "brain chatter." Reaching wide audiences through her talk at the Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conference and her appearance on Oprah's online Soul Series, Taylor provides a valuable recovery guide for those touched by brain injury and an inspiring testimony that inner peace is accessible to anyone.

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