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Jill Bolte Taylor is an American neuroanatomist, author, and inspirational public speaker. Bolte Taylor began to study about. 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. 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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For other uses, see Jill Taylor disambiguation. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Bolte Taylor’s February TED Conference talk [4] about her memory of the stroke [5] became an Internet sensation, resulting in widespread attention and interest around the world.

Before the stroke, I believed I was a product of my brain and that I had minimal say about how I felt or what I thought. And our left hemisphere thinks in language. On December 10,Jill Bolte Taylor, a thirty-seven-year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist experienced a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain.

I recommend this book for its unique look into how our brains work and what happens when they go wrong. I’m sure the description of her recovery is very helpful to those dealing with a stroke or helping someone else deal with it, but this was the point where the repetition got out of control. That being insighht, she is not a brain surgeon.


You couldn’t invent a more interesting premise: And it just gripped me — and then it released me.

But I think this book would have been much more valuable had Bolte Taylor used her scientifically trained left-brain to more clearly separate her anecdotal experience and beliefs what science actually tells us about our fascinating brains. That said, I found the book ridiculously redundant. Francine Benes, in the Harvard Department of Psychiatry. Then all of a sudden my left hemisphere comes back online and it says to me, “Hey!

For example, you know how there’s a bunch of current pop psychology books about how train our brains and how to jikl bad habits and develop good habits? The actual story of her stroke experience was interesting; even her bio-science chapters about how the brain works were intriguing kill easy to understand at least to mebut the last thi I approached this book with a lot of optimism.

I love reading about the brain. Maybe just knowing she made it is enough, though.

Jill Bolte Taylor

I can understand that trying to read it would be challenging. My Stroke of Insight: View all 3 comments.

But after the first few chapters, Taylor wanders off strike the la-la land of pseudoscience, pop psych mythology, personal opinion, and belief. She lost use of the left side of her brain the analytical part and actually seemed to enjoy simply using her right brain for a while, not worrying about her ego, feeling compassion and inner peace, etc.

On the other hand, everything is so positive – she’s not I liked the book.


I am thankful that she took the pains to record what happened to her in order to share the benefits with others. It would be ihsight to only ask questions she knew she could get right. I finished this book today and I actually had to sit down inzight sift through my feelings trying to decide whether I like it or not.

So I got up and I jumped onto my cardio glider, which is a full-body, full-exercise machine. It took me 45 minutes to get one inch down inside of that stack of cards. We’ve got to get help.

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There’s no fluidity to my pace, and there’s this constriction in my area of perception, so I’m just focused on internal systems. It instead became so boote that it practically triggered my gag reflex by the end of the book. For this work, in May she was named to Time Magazine’s Time list of the most influential people in the world. 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.

The second part of the book describes the stroke and her recovery.

It gives explanations to us.