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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,051 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jill Bolte Taylor Narrator: Jill Bolte Taylor Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On the morning of December 10, 1996 Jill Bolte Taylor, a 37-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 realties: 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, sequential 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 unique 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 her 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 more 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 ... Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by johanna | 2/20/2014

    " this was an incredibly inspiring and insightful book. i was fascinated by her journey and learned so much about dealing with someone after having a stroke and also tools for all of us to use in daily life that she discovered during and after her stroke about how the right and left brain process and function. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Deb | 2/15/2014

    " All healthcare clinicians take note and read this book, as well as anyone who has ever had a family member who has suffered from a devastating stroke. Jill Bolte Taylor has been granted a god driven gift and mission and she delivers in this wonderful little book. I will now approach those who have suffered a stroke with Jill's insight in mind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Christie | 2/14/2014

    " A fascinating look at what happens during a stroke as told by a scientist who actually studies these things! Some of it was more technical than I had time to enjoy, but it was worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jennifer Bowers | 2/13/2014

    " Actually only read about 4/5. Her account of what it felt like to have a stroke was fascinating, but then she got into all this philosophizing that was kind of dull, so I quit reading. "

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