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My Stroke Of Insight

by Jill Bolte Taylor

Viking USA | July 29, 2010 | Hardcover

My Stroke Of Insight is rated 3.7143 out of 5 by 7.

A brain scientist’s journey from a debilitating stroke to full recovery becomes an inspiring exploration of human consciousness and its possibilities

On the morning of December 10, 1996 Jill Bolte Taylor, a thirty-seven-year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist experienced a massive stroke when a blood vessel exploded in the left side of her brain. A neuroanatomist by profession, she observed her own mind completely deteriorate to the point that she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life, all within the space of four brief hours. As the damaged left side of her brain – the rational, grounded, detail and time-oriented side – swung in and out of function, Taylor alternated between two distinct and opposite realties: the euphoric nirvana 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 Jill was having a stroke, and enabled her to seek help before she was lost completely.

In My Stroke of Insight, Taylor shares her unique perspective on the brain and its capacity for recovery, and the sense of omniscient understanding she gained from this unusual and inspiring voyage out of the abyss of a wounded brain. It would take eight years for Taylor to heal completely. Because of her knowledge of how the brain works, her respect for the cells composing her human form, and most of all an amazing mother, Taylor completely repaired her mind and recalibrated her understanding of the world according to the insights gained from her right brain that morning of December 10th.

Today Taylor is convinced that the stroke was the best thing that could have happened to her. It has taught her that the feeling of nirvana is never more than a mere thought away. By stepping to the right of our left brains, we can all uncover the feelings of well-being and peace that are so often sidelined by our own brain chatter. A fascinating journey into the mechanics of the human mind, My Stroke of Insight is both a valuable recovery guide for anyone touched by a brain injury, and an emotionally stirring testimony that deep internal peace truly is accessible to anyone, at any time.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 192 pages, 9.28 × 6.34 × 0.76 in

Published: July 29, 2010

Publisher: Viking USA

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670020745

ISBN - 13: 9780670020744

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from My waste of time I was excited to read this book as I thought it would be interesting to get a stroke victim's perspective on her recovery. However, what I found instead was an over-confident author, who repeatedly reminded us of her accomplishments, which I applaud, but I don't need to be contunually reminded that she is a neuroanatomist, or that she is a part of this organization, and that organization and that she's been published in this and that, blah blah blah. I wish the book had focused more on her recovery rather than her "fluid" experience. This is not a book that I would recommend be read unless perhaps you have had a stroke and could relate to her experience of feeling as "one" with the universe.
Date published: 2011-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Book! One of those rare reads that tells us what the patient feels and what the patient needs. Invaluable information for anyone with loved ones dealing with Stroke or any form of brain injury. It is so much more than a great story
Date published: 2011-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding The book is a treasure. What a gift to have an account of the experience of brain injury (Stroke) and the steps through extraordinary recovery. This is not just a great and inspiring story. It is a gift of information and advice on how to best work with people in our lives who experience brain injury. I was lucky to have this book passed to my by a friend. Since then I have gifted it to others who can likely benefit from Jill's journey. I am a Registered Nurse and also hold a Master's Degree in Neuroscience. This book will be inspiring and informative to every care-giver regardless of whether they are medically trained or not. In addition, it is a great story of triumph. Well written, great story, great information!
Date published: 2011-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Excellent Book Was hesitant to purchase the book as I had experienced several mini-strokes so couldn't imagine what this author had gone through. But decided to purchase it and had it read very quickly and thoroughly enjoyed it. I will be passing it along to alot of friends to read. Thanks
Date published: 2011-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic!!! This book caught my attention the first time I saw it at chapters. It was an easy read- even complex concepts were laid out in a very clear concise way. There was a good balance of information, humor and insight and was nothing short of inspirational. This is the type of book anyone can read and get something out of. Definitely worthwhile.
Date published: 2009-03-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing I ordered this when it was still a self-published book because my father had recently had a stroke and what could be more fascinating than to combine medical wisdom with person insight? But the book is strictly memoir, clumsily written and cluttered with sticky n' sweet platitudes that may have served as insights for the author but for me they seemed like a product of magical thinking. I'd like to rip the writing to shreds, but I fear I would be attacking the author herself and that would be unfair. For those who appreciate the self-help sections in bookstores--read this book. For those who are looking for a greater understanding of the brain and strokes, don't read it.
Date published: 2009-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riveting I found Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor's book to be a fabulous read. I wanted to read the whole book at once. I found so many areas to be so true, especially how we deal with family or friends who are ill. Just because someone is ill, doesn't mean they can't hear you or that you have to whisper around them. Giving attention that is heartfelt is the best. No one wants someone visiting if it seems like it was an inconveinence or your taking up their time. We miss that ,when you are ill you have a greater intuition into people than when we are our everyday selves. We have time to feel things and look deep inside. Especially if someone is terminally ill, they don't need a bunch of hang dog, visiters, They need uplifing, genuine happy people to visit. I found it a great book with lots of help in understanding how our brain works.
Date published: 2008-07-23

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My Stroke Of Insight

My Stroke Of Insight

by Jill Bolte Taylor

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 192 pages, 9.28 × 6.34 × 0.76 in

Published: July 29, 2010

Publisher: Viking USA

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670020745

ISBN - 13: 9780670020744

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A brain scientist’s journey from a debilitating stroke to full recovery becomes an inspiring exploration of human consciousness and its possibilities

On the morning of December 10, 1996 Jill Bolte Taylor, a thirty-seven-year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist experienced a massive stroke when a blood vessel exploded in the left side of her brain. A neuroanatomist by profession, she observed her own mind completely deteriorate to the point that she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life, all within the space of four brief hours. As the damaged left side of her brain – the rational, grounded, detail and time-oriented side – swung in and out of function, Taylor alternated between two distinct and opposite realties: the euphoric nirvana 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 Jill was having a stroke, and enabled her to seek help before she was lost completely.

In My Stroke of Insight, Taylor shares her unique perspective on the brain and its capacity for recovery, and the sense of omniscient understanding she gained from this unusual and inspiring voyage out of the abyss of a wounded brain. It would take eight years for Taylor to heal completely. Because of her knowledge of how the brain works, her respect for the cells composing her human form, and most of all an amazing mother, Taylor completely repaired her mind and recalibrated her understanding of the world according to the insights gained from her right brain that morning of December 10th.

Today Taylor is convinced that the stroke was the best thing that could have happened to her. It has taught her that the feeling of nirvana is never more than a mere thought away. By stepping to the right of our left brains, we can all uncover the feelings of well-being and peace that are so often sidelined by our own brain chatter. A fascinating journey into the mechanics of the human mind, My Stroke of Insight is both a valuable recovery guide for anyone touched by a brain injury, and an emotionally stirring testimony that deep internal peace truly is accessible to anyone, at any time.