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My Stroke of Insight

Narrated by: Jill Bolte Taylor
Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: Biographies & Memoirs
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The international best seller and recommended by medics, patients and the NHS, this is a brain scientist's personal experience of a stroke. It tells of her journey and gives rare insight into human consciousness and its possibilities for all of us.

On the morning of the 10th December 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 lost the ability to walk, talk, read, write or recall any of her life, all within the space of four hours. As the damaged left side of her brain - the rational, logical, detail and time-oriented side - swung in and out of function, Taylor alternated between two distinct and opposite realities: the euphoric nirvana of the intuitive and emotional right brain, in which she felt a sense of complete well-being and peace, and the logical left brain that realised Jill was having a stroke and enabled her to seek help before she was lost completely. 

In My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey, Taylor brings to light a new perspective on the brain and its capacity for recovery that she gained through the intimate experience of awakening her own injured mind. The journey to recovery took eight years for Jill to feel completely healed. Using her knowledge of how the brain works, her respect for the cells composing her human form, and an amazing mother, Taylor completely repaired her mind and recalibrated her understanding of the world according to the insight gained from her right brain that December morning.

©2008 Jill Bolte Taylor (P)2008 Penguin Audiobooks

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Could not finish it

Being a medic and having my own recent bleed due to an AVM, but in the cerebellum, I was extremely excited to hear about this book and the opportunity to listen to it. I found it very dry however, and painstakingly slow at various points. I was hoping it to be beneficial to my own recovery, but there was far too much detail directed towards the neuroanatomy side, rather than the human side of the story. Unless you are highly motivated and fascinated by neuroscience, I would think twice about reading this book sorry. I got about two thirds of the way through it, before I just couldn't do it to myself anymore. My apologies to the author as she obviously had great delight in recalling the scientific detail she presented in her book content. Whilst I admire her recovery, if she spent more time on the personal aspect and her struggles, I might have finished it, and many a patient could have drawn benefit from it too.

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Such an incredibly important book.. thank you Jill

Thank you Jill for sharing your incredible understanding and insight into your mind and through you, our own minds and body. I was telling my husband just last week about the duality I have in my mind and your book explains it so well, in the differences between our right and left hemispheres. This and so, so much more. Your experience and understanding of the processes going on is such a gift to us all. Thank you, I am truly grateful and also truly sorry you had to endure such a traumatic experience to get to this understanding and truly amazing gift of insight. Thank you again and again.

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A greater understanding.

As a aneurysm survivor you have made me understand insightly the performance of our brains. Thanks

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  • Johanna P
  • 20-06-2020

Rare viewpoint of pure self awareness

I really enjoyed listening to this audible. highly recommend this book for anyone with creative curiosity about our brain and what it means to live a meaningful life.

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  • DanBR
  • 30-05-2019

Excellent!! Great read!!

The author is reading and is just amazing. Great and inspiring story. I just felt sad it was so short! Hope I and you who is reading this can get to Nirvana like she says too! =)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-03-2019

Very insightful

Very insightful and must read book for everyone and specially for families with strock pateint

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  • Claudia
  • 07-02-2019

Amazing book

Great book, excellent academic insight from a pacient. Really great story. Would totally recommend it

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  • dordje
  • 31-08-2018

Magical and scientific in one book

A phenomenal story told with heart and humour. I wish I’d had this to read when studying psychology because it would have brought a little magic into the dry science. This is so human and quite phenomenal. This is one of the must read.books on my list.

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  • hideyuki
  • 06-05-2018

Fascinating fact about ourselves as humans

It is said that the majority of neuroscientists are based on materialism, hence they believe that the human mind is created entirely through the electronical and chemical processes of our brain. This view denies human spirituality. The author of this book is a respected professional neuroscientist. From her scientific perspective, she described her journey of dreadful stroke experience; how she suffered and recovered, and what she discovered. This is the book well worth reading (listening).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-07-2020

Excellent!

Of all the hundreds of books that I have read, this is the first book that I felt compelled to rate. This is a gift, and essential reading to anyone who has even a passing interest in spirituality or brain function.

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  • ssb
  • 09-06-2020

The most precious book I have ever read

This is simply an amazing book to change our views on this earth. Dr. Jill's words have immense power on my life. I'm sharing this book among people I know. Thanks so much for this precious book.

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  • Ilaya Gardez
  • 27-02-2020

Amazing Insight!

I loved reading this book, it was amazing, uplifting and enlightening experience. Realised the importance of how we have 90 seconds to choose how we react to a situation. And also how we can be at peace if we choose with our right side of the brain and heart.

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  • s a barnes
  • 29-01-2020

life changing!

the best scientific "explanation " of three principles of mind thought and consciousness I have ever come across. A definate must read.

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  • Eve C.
  • 14-01-2020

Epicly, yet simply enlightening

Thankful for this account that enlightens the affected, their care givers and the medical professionals around them. The medics in particular need to read this.

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  • Lana Co
  • 30-11-2019

Thank you for helping on my journey to here and now

What an incredible story! So emotional, inspirational and educational. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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  • jim imeson
  • 15-05-2019

life-changing read

inspirational story and completely changed the way I think! thank you Dr Jill Bolte Taylor

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  • AGGELOS IOAKIMIDES
  • 25-10-2018

Some VERY useful chapters ...

Pros: insightful chapters (2-10,16-19). Some funnies, some information on our manual. Cons: some repetitions. (Ok, lots), some “meh” story telling, some only personal -non-confirming- experiences told.