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My Stroke of InsightHer 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 ti Oh gag Yes really I'm glad the author used her stroke to find nirvana but honestly stroke just ain't this prettyThe first half of this book or less was a page turner and I was fascinated Dr Taylor was a successful 37 year old neuroanatomist who suffered a hemorrhagic stroke as a result of a congenital condition called arteriovenous malformation AVM Partly because of her training and knowledge and partly I suspect because of the way the stroke's effects developed and progressed she was able to observe herself and analyze the process as it was happening and somehow remembered or recovered this information later which seems to me the amazing part perhaps a little too amazing? She was functioning enough barely to be able to call for help when she realized she was having a stroke I would guess this is highly atypical The book is about the events of that day as well as Dr Taylor's slow recovery with her damaged brain I particularly liked the earlier chapters and Taylor's recounting of what she experienced when the stroke occurred she was alone in her apartment and the immediate aftermath the progressive loss of function There's also a great deal of valuable information about recognizing signs of a stroke as well as how to treat people who have sustained a stroke Patience patience patience And don't holler They're not deaf The book also teaches us about the brain's plasticity and resilienceI felt the book got a bit redundant after a while but it's hard to fault the author for wanting to underscore her points She's not just a memoirist She's a teacher and advocate for people with mental impairment But after the first few chapters Taylor wanders off into the la la land of pseudoscience pop psych mythology personal opinion and belief Another Goodreads reviewer Lena has said 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 I concur and find this irresponsible and troubling Unfortunately this led me to have and doubts about the veracity of the story she recounted in the early chapters How much is accurate how much a plausible reconstruction? And really how plausible is it? Her pop psych perspective isn't informed by science Her views on right brain left brain function are vastly oversimplified and just not consistent with contemporary cognitive neuroscience I expected from a PhD neuroanatomist But perhaps she hasn't kept up with the field since her 1996 strokeOf course some specific functions are lateralized Most notably the right hemisphere of the brain controls the left side of the body and vice versa Linear thinking logic language and math skills are primarily grounded in the left hemisphere Broca's area language production and Wernicke's area language comprehension are in the left hemisphere But many language processes take place in the right hemisphere along with visual spatial and auditory functions Many other cognitive functions are bilateral However the notion that a person is right brained or left brained or that one's personality is right brain or left brain dominant is largely a pop psych myth that derives from research in the 1960s on split brain patients people whose corpus collosum connecting the two sides of the brain had been severed The conclusions of this research were later found to be premature The two sides of the brain are far interdependent than once thought There's a lot of good science and high tech brain imaging to support this All complex cognitive function and information processing reuire complex interactions of various regions of the brain in both hemispheres This has been well known for over a decade nowThe only left brained or right brained people are those who've had one of their brain hemispheres removed By the last few chapters I felt as though Taylor were just making stuff up It's a lot of New Age blathering a mishmash of personal opinion and belief based on memory and subjective experience which we well know to be poor indices of objective reality Most or certainly many people who have strokes end up with physical and mental disabilities that are not so easily overcome And I'm not saying Taylor had an easy time of it but she does romanticize the whole process which culminates in her ability to be one with the universe If she tells us once she tells us a hundred timesWhere did I throw the book across the room? Maybe when she started talking about how she uses angel cards every day Or no maybe hereI unconditionally love my cells with an open heart and grateful mind Spontaneously throughout the day I acknowledge their existence and enthusiastically cheer them on I am a wonderful living being capable of beaming my energy into the world only because of them When my bowels move I cheer my cells for cleaning that waste out of my body When my urine flows I admire the volume my bladder cells are capable of storing No Oliver Sacksuick uick I need an antidote The modern understanding of brain hemisphere function is not exactly new In 1999 John McCrone wrote in New ScientistMany a myth has grown up around the brain's asymmetry The left cerebral hemisphere is supposed to be the coldly logical verbal and dominant half of the brain while the right developed a reputation as the imaginative side emotional spatially aware but suppressed Two personalities in one head Yin and Yang hero and villain To most neuroscientists of course these notions are seen as simplistic at best and nonsense at worstNot really I'd have thrown it had it not been a library book

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kindle é My Stroke of Insight 184 pages ☆ Jill Bolte Taylor ☆ ❴Reading❵ ➽ My Stroke of Insight Author Jill Bolte Taylor – A brain scientist's journey from a debilitating stroke to full recovery becomes an inspiring exploration of human consciousness and its possibA 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 I closed this book today with such a sense of relief This is in essence a self help book marked by the author's inflated with due reason I know sense of self and a few interesting tidbits about brain chemistryLet's get a few things straight1 I love reading about the brain2 I was really really wanting to love this book3 I like the author believe that in most cases happiness and peacefulness can be choices for every person and that our brain can become wired to react positively to the worldWhat I didn't like was the author's toneattitude her need to italicize the word one whenever she used it as in I was one with the universe a sentiment repeated seventy six times each chapter and the way she skimmed over information about the brain as if she were approaching third graders Maybe I'll have to stay about this book once I have a book club meeting about it in a couple of weeks Or else I'll just put it out of my head forever and sell my copy onlineHere's what I wrote a few days agoI'm halfway through and the woman is driving me batty Batty I sayI hope to change my mind especially since I brought this up as a book club suggestion and now at least five other people are reading it because of me

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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 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 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