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My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey
My Stroke of Insight A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey
Author: Jill Bolte Taylor PhD
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 sid...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780670020744
ISBN-10: 0670020745
Publication Date: 5/14/2008
Pages: 192
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Publisher: Viking Adult
Book Type: Hardcover
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bookwuman avatar reviewed My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey on + 2 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
A mind-blowing account of the author's experience before, during, and after a major hemorrhagic stroke due to an AVM. This book leads to the question, "who am I" or, "who is this 'I' I take myself to be?". Very thought-provoking for those with an open mind.

What makes this book especially interesting is that the author is a brain researcher and describes and explains the way our brains work so anyone can understand.

We clearly have far more control over our daily experience than we imagine. Read this book to find out how and why.

With much insight, this book fascinates and, ultimately, inspires us to tend the gardens of our minds.

Highly recommended.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is one of the best books I have read this year! Taylor's book covers a number of aspects of having a stroke. Because she is a brain scientist, she was able to notice what was happening as her stroke progressed. She then talks about her rehabilitation and includes many sympathetic experiences that can teach us all about relating to stroke victims. The last part of the book discusses her experience reentering life having lost and regained the use of the left half of her brain. This is the part that never shuts up and often plays negative, nagging tapes in our heads. (Also is the mathematical and spatial part, so it's not all bad!) As she recovered, she found that she had control over what circuits she rewired in her brain and the last chapter is part A Course in Miracles, part Eckhart Tole. I found it very uplifting and inspiring and encouraging that the more we choose to feel, say, joy, the more those pathways become ingrained in our minds. A must read!
yolandita avatar reviewed My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey on
Helpful Score: 1
Written on three levels, this book is for people who have had someone in their lives have a stroke, For people interested in the area of psychology and brain biology, and most interestingly, for people on the spiritual path.
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