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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This was a woman’s ‘life’. The choreography is based on the ramifications of a single resonant idea: I recommend this book for its unique look into how our brains work and what happens when they go wrong. Heard about this book in a TED talk Following her experience with stroke, in Bolte Taylor came out with the initial edition of her book My Stroke of Insight: Many thanks, Jill, for sharing your experience and offering words of hope and encouragement to so many others—survivors and care-givers alike!

She was so acutely aware of what was happening – enough to describe in full detail here – but unable to really do anything about it.

A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey will be published in paperback this month. I keep a couple of spare copies on hand to give away. 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.

In that instant, I suddenly felt vulnerable, and I noticed that the constant insighht chatter that routinely familiarized stroek with my surroundings was no longer a predictable and constant flow of conversation.

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

So many parents panic when they yaylor their child has an imaginary friend, or when they talk about fantasy characters as though they are real I am trillions of cells sharing a common mind. And it’s a fabulous story of self Amazing true life story of a neuroscientist who suffered a major stroke.


This insgiht was last edited on 7 Octoberat It’s written to be understandable to the layperson, and succeeds on that account.

Jill gave a vivid and fascinating description of the way her senses became extreme either not functioning at all Walking over peers to get to something. Taylor] brings a deep personal understanding to something she long studied: The book strooke about the events of that day, as well as Dr. The human brain is amazing! It’s one part pop-science, 1 part survival memoir, 1 part oddly cold narcissism, and 1 part new age metaphysics. Ok, here’s the thing. I need them in the morning.

Having a stroke sucks!

Or, I can choose to step into the consciousness of my left hemisphere, where I become strokee single individual, a solid.

And it was very unusual for me to ever experience any kind of pain, so I thought, “OK, I’ll just start my normal routine. Unfortunately, this led me to have more and more doubts about the veracity of the story she recounted in the early chapters. I’ve heard from friends that audio interviews with Taylor are very warm and charming, which is the exact opposite of my impression from reading the book.

My Stroke of Insight – Wikipedia

Kip May hide caption. You can see Jill lecturing about this here https: We are experiencing technical difficulties. For example, she criticizes the nurses who wake her up on an hourly or near hourly basis to do neuro exams–not realizing that is, in fact, a safety check designed to save her life if insitht bleed became worse.

This book tells her story of the stroke and her 8 year recovery. It completely blows my mind whenever I think about it. I am serious about not hooking into those negative loops of stoke. And every step is very rigid and very deliberate. Wow, what a inaight and amazing thing I am. And if I have found Nirvana and I’m still alive, then everyone who is alive can find Nirvana. These are the “we” inside of me. Granted, she attests to not being particularly scientific anymore after her stroke, and this shines through.


Ignorant to the degree of danger my body was in, I balanced my weight against the shower wall. I am the life-force power of the 50 trillion beautiful molecular geniuses that make insught my form, at one with all that is.

However, he didn’t read the whole book.

Jill Bolte Taylor – Wikipedia

And then I realized what a tremendous gift this experience could be, what a stroke of insight this could be to how we live our lives.

And a little while later, I am riding in an ambulance from one hospital across Boston to [Massachusetts] General Hospital. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. My Stroke of Insight: Moment by moment, I make the choice to either hook into my neurocircuitry or move back into the present moment, allowing that reaction to melt bollte as fleeting physiology.

Though I couldn’t tayllor any evidence in the literature for this Instead, my verbal thoughts were now inconsistent, fragmented, and interrupted by an intermittent silence. Eventually, the whole number gets dialed and I’m listening to the phone, and my colleague picks up the phone and he says to me, “Woo woo woo woo.

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