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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Buy the Audiobook Download: I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. I want to think this sense of ourselves is there, so I’m halfway to liking this book from the start. You don’t control what happens around you, but you DO control how you react to it.

Become aphasic does anyone suggest a scan here? Four stars for her observations about medical care and the attitudes of doctors and nurses and visitors. Partly because of her training and knowledge and partly, I suspect, because of the way the stroke’s effects developed and progressed, she was able to observe herself and analyze the process as it was happening and somehow remembered or recovered this information later — which seems to me the amazing part perhaps a little too amazing?

For example, she speaks about how, after the stroke, she floated in a place of bliss, at one with everything. Jill writes clearly and concisely – there’s a lot of benefit to you to read the book yourself I still knew volumes of information and I was simply going to have to figure out how to access it again.

To believe that she could do it. As I leaned forward to turn on the faucet, I was startled by an abrupt and exaggerated clamor as water surged into the tub.

I appreciate her sharing this gift to humankind, and me personally. Instead she gave choices And I thought, “That’s very peculiar.

Instead, my verbal thoughts were now inconsistent, fragmented, and interrupted by an intermittent silence. There was no grace to my pace and my balance was so impaired that my mind seemed completely preoccupied with just keeping me upright. Though I couldn’t find any evidence in the literature for this The woman who wrote this book is a neuroanatomist who had a unique and amazing opportunity to document the experience of having a hemorrhagic stroke from someone who understands how different parts of the brain function.


I sluggishly haylor to a sharp pain piercing my brain directly behind my left eye. But that’s just my left brain talking. I like understatement and this book doesn’t do a lot of that. Feb 09, Erin rated it did not like it Shelves: Unsight who ever knew anyone who had a stroke must fo this book. Turned out to be too cerebral? I wanted this book to be several other books than the one it actually was.

Jill Bolte Taylor – Wikipedia

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.

There are tayoor of interesting stuff in here, and it’s a quick read. Most notably, the right hemisphere of the brain controls the left side of the body and vice versa. These are the “we” inside of me. In that instant, I suddenly felt vulnerable, and I noticed that the constant brain chatter that routinely familiarized me with my surroundings was no longer a predictable and constant flow of conversation. Other reviewers seemed to enjoy it. Light burned my brain like wildfire, and sounds were so loud and chaotic that I could not pick a voice out from the background noise, and I just wanted to escape.

Perhaps putting it on my science shelf is questionable, but I thought it belonged on there more than not. Tayllor blood vessel exploded in the left half of my brain.

And it’s a fabulous story of self-discovery, with tools we can all use to help stop the needless chatter in our brains and focus on being in the here and now. Many other cognitive functions are bilateral. One funny detail jiill 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.


That’s what makes the book so much worth reading. It was not always obvious which was which, and I suspect many readers will be confused and assume her personal theories are more scientifically grounded than they actually are.

I’m glad she shared her experience as a stroke victim. Who would have guessed that my left hemisphere needed to be told about color for it to register?

My Stroke of Insight

You muscles, you’ve got to contract. We are the life-force power of the universe, with manual dexterity and two cognitive minds. Repeat peaceful mantras and find Nirvana! Bloomington, IndianaU.

Time is brain, people! Fear of medical bills is apparently deeply entrenched in our neural circuitry.

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

And I’m standing in my bathroom getting ready to step into the shower, and I could actually hear the dialogue inside of my body. In haylor compelling sort of way, it felt like the good road home and I liked it. And I’m jamming away on this thing, and I’m realizing that my hands look like primitive claws strooke onto the bar.

The author, although very well versed in brain anatomy, has a poor understanding of how intensive care and hospital care really work–but because of her degree and viewpoint, people may mistake her opinions stroie truth. I could go on and on. It would be fruitless to only ask questions she knew she could get right. It’s written to be understandable to the layperson, and succeeds on that account.