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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In medicine, we have a great deal to learn from knowing what our patients are going through I’m a neurologist, so I approached this book from a different angle than most readers, I imagine. So there was a lot of meaning in my life because I was performing this type of research during the day, but then in the evenings and on the weekends, I traveled as an advocate for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Jill Bolte Taylor

And I’m not saying Taylor had an easy time of it, but she does romanticize the whole process which culminates in her ability to be ” one ” with the stfoke.

As I walked, I noticed that my movements were no longer fluid. By this point I had lost touch with much of the physical three-dimensional reality that surrounded me. I would guess this is highly atypical.

This book had quite an interesting effect as soon as it entered the house. After Bolte Taylor’s representative, transmedia agent and attorney Ellen Stieflerconducted an auction for worldwide publishing rights to “My Stroke of Insight,” Penguin won the book.

And she uses an awful lot of exclamation marks.

A Brain Scientist With A ‘Stroke Of Insight’

She takes the reader through the events of her stroke and the recovery. A first-hand account of being afflicted by a brain bleed with aphasia, or inability to produce language, and other losses of function is priceless. These “stories ” she quickly found felt true but often were completely wrong due to lack of information. 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.


Because of her understanding of the brain, her respect for the cells in stoke body, and an amazing mother, Jill completely recovered.

Although hemorrhagic strokes are the least common kind of stroke, we see them all the time where I work. The left brain makes up stories The brain loves stories Her Recommendations for Recovery in the back ought to be posted in all healthcare facilities.

There’s also a great deal of valuable information about recognizing signs of xtroke stroke, as well as how to treat people who have sustained a stroke.

Those are all the bookdarts. Jill talked about losing depth perception But then I was immediately captivated by the magnificence of the energy around me. Having to relearn not simply how to walk, move her body in space but how to interpret the visual information in front of her Two and a half weeks after the hemorrhage, the surgeons went in, and they removed a blood clot the size of a golf ball that was pushing on my language centers. I sluggishly awoke to a sharp pain piercing my brain directly behind my left eye.

Immediately, I felt a powerful and unusual sense of dissociation roll over me. It doesn’t care or know if these are true Which would you choose? I wanted my doctors to focus on how my brain was working rather than on whether it worked according to their criteria or timetable. Strooke is a neurological researcher. Insiht the other hand, everything is so positive – she’s not I liked the book. I was momentarily privy to a precise and experiential understanding of how hard the fifty trillion cells in my brain and body were working in perfect unison to maintain the flexibility and integrity of my physical form.


Jill did not get help immediately, and by the time she realized she needed help, she was almost incapable of calling for same, which further delayed her treatment. In a compelling sort of way, it felt like the good road home and I liked it.

While I loved the perspective of what it’s like to be temporarily without insigh left hemisphere, strpke the end of the book, I felt she was overly left-brain negative. The New York Times. Information, in the form of energy, streams in simultaneously through all of our sensory systems and then it explodes into this enormous collage of what this inaight moment looks like, what this present moment smells like and tastes like, what it feels like and what it sounds like. As the language centers in my left hemisphere grew increasingly silent, twylor consciousness soared into an all-knowingness, a “being at one ” with the universe, if you will.

Protect them, but don’t stand in the way of progress My favorite on the list is I can’t define where I begin and where I end, because the atoms and the molecules of my arm blended with the atoms and molecules of the wall.

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And because I could no longer identify the boundaries of my body, I felt enormous and expansive. Apr 06, Tweedledum rated it it was amazing Shelves: To have suffered such a traumatic brain injury and live to tell about it in such detail is amazing. She wasn’t able to talk, but he recognized her sounds.

You can see Jill lecturing about this here https: