My Stroke of Insight - Jill Bolte Taylor

My Stroke of Insight

By Jill Bolte Taylor

  • Release Date: 2008-05-12
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
My Stroke of Insight book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 369 Ratings)

My Stroke of Insight Jill Bolte Taylor Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

The astonishing New York Times bestseller that chronicles how a brain scientist's own stroke led to enlightenment

On December 10, 1996, Jill Bolte Taylor, a thirty-seven- year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist experienced a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. As she observed her mind deteriorate to the point that she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life-all within four hours-Taylor alternated between the euphoria 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 she was having a stroke and enabled her to seek help before she was completely lost. It would take her eight years to fully recover.

For Taylor, her stroke was a blessing and a revelation. It taught her that by "stepping to the right" of our left brains, we can uncover feelings of well-being that are often sidelined by "brain chatter." Reaching wide audiences through her talk at the Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conference and her appearance on Oprah's online Soul Series, Taylor provides a valuable recovery guide for those touched by brain injury and an inspiring testimony that inner peace is accessible to anyone.

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  • My Stroke of Insight

    5
    By Jackfordjr
    This is a must read for anyone or family that has a stroke survivor. We have been both blessed and inspired by this book. We are using the 40 things that you should know. It is helping us understated why understanding the stroke is important .
  • My stroke of insight

    4
    By pinksideblues
    Nice balance between science and personal experience. Very engaging
  • Absolutely Wonderful!!!

    5
    By ipodlovergirl
    I had a stroke a year and a half ago. So many things were going on that I didn't understand, and still don't, and a friend recommended this book. Now so many things make sense and are falling into place. I've read this book from cover to cover and it has helped me understand the changes in my brain a lot better. This book should be read by anybody who has a brain! This book is written so that it is easy and inspiring to read, especially for those of us who've had a stroke. It should be required reading for anyone who works on the rehab ward with patients who have brain injury. I was on acute rehab for nearly a month, and only one person treated me like a baby. It was humiliating, but she was removed when my doctor found out. If she had read this book, she'd know that we were just injured and not stupid. Thank you, Jill Bolte Taylor for writing this book. I'm telling everyone who will listen that they need to read It. I am overcome with great emotion from your compassion to the readers of this book.
  • Loving My Brain

    5
    By kharenMAY29
    I am so amaze how powerful my brain can be. In this manner, I want to love it more with all my heart. Thanks a lot, Jill! Kharen
  • Mr.

    5
    By Jeff Hovanec
    Great book, as I struggle with MS, this book provides ideas on how to utilize my brain to help me cope. It also provides hope that I can heal and improve!!! Thank you Jill Sincerely, Jeff
  • Life changer

    5
    By Kpool123
    I have unknowingly been a left brain thinker all my life. Since this book I have been living in a different world by trying to use just right brain thinking. I can now do things that I could never do before, because of fear. My right brain does not understand what fear is, And I love it!
  • My Stroke of Insight

    5
    By Slscotty
    Just the word "stroke" sends chills up my spine. My heart races at the thought of having a stroke or thinking about someone I know who has had a stroke and what they went through. But Dr. Jill Taylor literally walks us through her stroke, educating us along the way and teaching us how to help others and ourselves. Taylor's knowledge of the brains, both left and right, helps the reader better understand the roles our brains play and how to utilize ours more effectively to live our own lives more joyously. Although this book is certainly serious, it is also uplifting. After reading it, my own fear of death lessened, and a sense of calm enveloped me. My views of life were reaffirmed by Dr.Taylor's explanations, leaving me with a sense that all is right with the world...and joy and peace are possible after all.

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