My Stroke of Insight E–book/E–pub

  • Hardcover
  • 184
  • My Stroke of Insight
  • Jill Bolte Taylor
  • English
  • 19 April 2020
  • 9780670020744

Jill Bolte Taylor ☆ 4 review

My Stroke of Insight review ↠ 104 Alties 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 seuential 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 uniue 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 h. I read this years ago still own it I thought the insights were amazing and a fascinating story Emotional tooThis was a woman s life Interesting how books pop into our space when we are meeting new friends on GoodreadsBrings back memories of books we read A treasure in itself make a new friend re visit books we have readnice deal

Summary My Stroke of InsightMy Stroke of Insight

My Stroke of Insight review ↠ 104 Er 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 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 tim. I m a neurologist so I approached this book from a different angle than most readers I imagineIn short it was not what I expected Although she was a neuroanatomist prior to the stroke the book is not science y at all That is both good and badThe goodA first hand account of being afflicted by a brain bleed with aphasia or inability to produce language and other losses of function is priceless In medicine we have a great deal to learn from knowing what our patients are going through She describes her route fantastically well including her frustrations with the medical field Her insights into how she feels and what functions she lost and gained from her stroke are excellentThe badUnfortunately intertwined with her narrative is an explanation of how the brain works that is suspect to be sure She compartmentalizes right brain left brain in a way that isn t accurate She teaches a this is what I felt so this is what must be true kind of doctrine which is the kind of thing that can be incredibly misleading She gets very metaphysical and to me it seems like she takes her internal sensations as facts Granted she attests to not being particularly scientific any after her stroke and this shines throughAll in all I d like to hear accounts of other left brain stroke survivors to see if they had similar experiences to her I am curious whether all would have similarly nirvana like extrasensory perseptory left brain is evil ideas and experiences

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My Stroke of Insight review ↠ 104 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 re. Jill Bolte Tayor was a 37 year old neuroanatomist when she experienced a massive stroke that severely damaged the left hemisphere of her brain My Stroke of Insight is her account of what happened that day her subseuent 8 year recovery and how these events changed her life for the betterThe most interesting part of the book for me was Bolte Taylor s discussion of what happened to her on that morning in 1996 With her scientific background Bolte Taylor was in a uniue position to observe the progressive breakdown of her own functioning as the blood from her burst AVM spread throughout her brain As new areas were affected different functions were lost and reading about her experience is a strange kind of real world brain anatomy lessonA significant portion of this book is devoted to the process of Bolte Taylor s recovery She realized early on that the attitude and pacing of her caregivers made a big difference in how willing and able she was to respond and she speaks in detail about what she personally found was most effective in helping her heal There is some useful information in this section for those involved in stroke victim careWhat has catapulted this book onto the bestseller list however is the spiritual message underlying Bolte Taylor s experience When the language processing areas of her brain shut down Bolte Taylor found herself bathed in a kind of peace and bliss that was previously unknown to her With the section of her brain that controls physical boundaries offline she felt fluid open and one with everything around herBolte Taylor considers these experiences to be the result of her right brain suddenly being given the chance to run the show while her left brain was incapacitated She speaks uite a bit about how she made a conscious decision during her recovery to retain access to these states and to keep these pathways open as she brought her left brain back online In the latter section of the book she offers a list of techniues she feels anyone can use to help open up pathways to the expanded capacities of their own right brainsI learned a number of interesting things while reading this book and there is no uestion that Bolte Taylor s story is a very inspiring one Ultimately however I was disappointed by a number of things about this book To start it would have benefited from better editing Some sections are highly repetitive I was confused about certain aspects of her level of functioning and recovery and the flow of the narrative was very uneven Hers is a great story and good editing would have made that even obviousMy main criticism of this book however there is a very sloppy blending of hard scientific information about the brain with Bolte Taylor s anecdotal experience and personal theories about what happened to her It was not always obvious which was which and I suspect many readers will be confused and assume her personal theories are scientifically grounded than they actually are Though Bolte Taylor does not specifically mention religion in the book her numerous allusions to prayer visualization energy and oneness make it clear that she subscribes to a certain kind of belief system that her experiences are filtered through While this is to be expected her inability to see the contradictions in her beliefs was frustrating to me For example she speaks about how after the stroke she floated in a place of bliss at one with everything Yet just a few paragraphs earlier she refers to a harried inexperienced medical student as an energy vampire She does not address why her feelings of being at one with and connected to everything did not extend to this person In addition she is critical of how the judgmental function of the left brain keeps us shut down from the expanded perspective of the right brain yet doesn t seem to notice her own preference for right brain dominated experiences seems well kind of judgmentalI ve had personal experiences of peace and bliss that are similar to what Bolte Taylor describes so I can certainly understand her preference for them I also think she gives some good advice to help people find those states themselves without having to have a stroke to get there But I think this book would have been much valuable had Bolte Taylor used her scientifically trained left brain to clearly separate her anecdotal experience and beliefs what science actually tells us about our fascinating brains