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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Our left hemisphere is all about the past and it’s all about the future.

Views Read Edit View history. We’ve got a problem! Her Recommendations for Recovery in the back ought to be posted in all healthcare facilities. I wasn’t expecting such a metaphysical post-stroke synthesis in the second-half of the book, but I quite liked it – copying quotes down for future reference.

I appreciated when people came in for just a few minutes, took my hands in theirs, and shared softly and slowly how they were doing, what they were thinking, and how they believed in my ability to recover Part of her job before involved travel and speaking. Sometimes I see kids who flip between one side and the other I closed this book today with such a sense of relief. 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 services — and found the HMO card and called her HMO doctor without really knowing what a doctor or numbers really were.


There’s also a great deal of valuable information about recognizing signs of a stroke, as well as how to treat people who have sustained a stroke. It took me 45 minutes to get one inch down inside of that stack of cards. I grew up to study the brain because I have a brother who has been diagnosed with a brain disorder, schizophrenia. For those of you who understand computers, our right hemisphere functions like a parallel processor, while our left hemisphere functions like a serial processor.

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Instead, it was a sort of hodge-podge of things- part memoir, part brain science overview and part new-age, self help weird ‘4th grade happy talk’ as another reviewer aptly described.

My Stroke of Insight

My Stroke of Insight is available in over 30 languages. Instead we have to read chapter after chapter of 4th grade happy talk. This book had quite an interesting effect as imsight as it entered the house.

Francine Benes, in the Harvard Department of Psychiatry. And I’m asking myself, “What is wrong with me? And it was all very peculiar, and my headache was just getting worse. We are experiencing technical difficulties.

I’d expected Taylor’s story to be a straight-up memoir of her stroke experience. My Stroke of Insight: As the language centers in strokee left hemisphere grew increasingly silent, my consciousness soared into an all-knowingness, a “being at one jjill with the universe, if you will. You muscles, you’ve got to contract. Don’t treat them as if they are deaf unless they are.

Jun 27, Janet rated it it was ok Recommended to Janet by: Without structure, censorship, or discipline, our thoughts run rampant on automatic. I approached this book with a lot of optimism. I still knew volumes of information and I was simply going to have to figure out how to access it again.


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. With her scientific background, Bolte Taylor was in a unique position to observe the progressive breakdown of her own functioning as the blood from her burst AVM spread throughout her brain.

These are the “we” inside of me.

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Though I couldn’t find any evidence in the literature for this The relationship between herself and her mother, who taught her how to see and think and read and move again, is remarkable and touching.

Jul 03, Minutes Buy. She has insight into her right brain and is more able to access this and switch off negative thinking created by the left brain. See 2 questions about My Stroke of Insight…. We’ve got to get some help.

She compartmentalizes “right brain, left brain” in a way that isn’t accurate. She’s not just a memoirist. The first part inslght the book explained some of the science of the brain.