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The New York Times best-selling author of My Stroke of Insight blends neuroanatomy with psychology to show how we can short-circuit emotional reactivity and find our way to peace.

For half a century, we have been trained to believe that our right brain hemisphere is our emotional brain, while our left brain houses our rational thinking. Now neuroscience shows that it's not that simple: In fact, our emotional limbic tissue is evenly divided between our two hemispheres. Consequently, each hemisphere has both an emotional brain and a thinking brain. In this groundbreaking new book, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor presents these four distinct modules of cells as four characters that make up who we are: Character One, Left Thinking; Character Two, Left Emotion; Character Three, Right Emotion; and Character Four, Right Thinking.

Everything we think, feel, or do is dependent upon brain cells to perform that function. Since each of the Four Characters stems from specific groups of cells that feel unique inside of our body, they each display particular skills, feel specific emotions, or think distinctive thoughts. In Whole Brain Living, Dr. Taylor shows us how to get acquainted with our own Four Characters, observe how they show up in our daily life, and learn to identify and relate to them in others as well. And she introduces a practice called the Brain Huddle - a tool for bringing our Four Characters into conversation with one another so we can tap their respective strengths and choose which one to embody in any situation.

The more we become familiar with each of the characters in ourselves and others, the more power we gain over our thoughts, our feelings, our relationships, and our lives. Indeed, we discover that we have the power to choose who and how we want to be in every moment. And when our Four Characters work together and balance one another as a whole brain, we gain a radical new road map to deep inner peace.

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a Harvard-trained and published neuroanatomist. In 1996 she experienced a severe hemorrhage in the left hemisphere of her brain causing her to lose the ability to walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life. Her memoir, My Stroke of Insight, documenting her experience with stroke and eight-year recovery, spent 63 weeks on the New York Times nonfiction best-seller list and is still routinely the number-one book about stroke on Amazon.

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Amazing book!

Loved this book! The insight into how the brain operates in our day to day life and tools we can use to be our best selves to step out of autopilot reactions are priceless. I am very grateful for this book ❤🙏

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  • Tough audience
  • 13-05-2021

Our lifetime game changer!

I believe this read will forever just about change everything I do, and how.i do it for the better! What a fantastic impact this book is making in my.day- ALREADY -thank you Dr. Taylor!

This is the one book I will gift to everyone in my life, my partner, my sisters, parents and my team at work and my neighbors. At first I thought oh, this will be interesting, quickly I found myself thinking about the characters inside my mind and everyone I met- who are they in this moment, and I found I was more patient with my usual annoyances. This is the most powerful information I have ever read about our brain, and my choices.

The brain information was a lot in the beginning, she quickly moved past to the “ gold” of this information.
I am asking my book club to read this one next month- we can all use this info today - and I am very curious about who my friends are by character.

I felt my fear this morning and I was able to stop and ask myself “ who is scared here and why”, it was an old story line of my past, I realized it and made a different choice, it felt powerful and my partner and I didn't have the fight we would have around that topic. One fight down, so far!
This book is life changing!

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  • Steven
  • 26-05-2021

The Brain’s Fantastic Four

Jill strikes a major chord with these insights. I’ve heard these characters’ voices all my life and this context is brilliant. Taking 90 seconds and doing a brain huddle is something I can incorporate into my daily life right away. Also, recognizing which of the four is currently at the wheel for others give us an opportunity to choose how we show up for them. Very very practical stuff. Peace really is just a thought away. Thanks Jill!

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  • Samantha
  • 02-07-2021

Fun look at the brain. Not for Millennials.

I was all on board with this book. I loved the brain huddle. I could see myself in each character of the brain.

Then she goes into generational stuff. I can't speak for other groups but as a millennial she has no freaking clue. Phrases like, "Millennials don't even care that their information is being shared or that cameras track their every move. It's the norm for them." No we do mind thanks. She discusses the participation trophies and mentions how we won't work hard if it isn't something that we want to do. Typical boomer rhetoric.

She mentioned that we aren't settling down due to anxiety. No friend, most of us aren't able to settle down or buy a house because the generations that came before royally ruined the market and saddled us with unpaid internships and pushed college loans on us so we could never aquire the wealth needed to actually survive in our "modern" society.

Please stick to your area of expertise, the brain, dear author. Your stereotyping of generations was neither helpful nor accurate.

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  • rachel Chan
  • 17-06-2021

Life changing

Among hundreds of boons I read, this one is truly Life changing, awaking your true self,

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  • Linda
  • 21-07-2021

Remarkable

Well worth a listen—or several! I’ve ordered the print version for reference. I’ll be returning to these ideas over and over again!

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  • Amy M. Draper
  • 28-06-2021

Brilliant book that impressed my mind and touched my heart.

I highly recommend this thoughtful and intelligent book in all of its forms. After reading it in print I decided to listen to it on Audible (narrated by the expressive author Dr. Taylor) which was a beautiful experience from start to finish. In Whole Braining Living, Dr. Taylor delightfully blends neuroanatomy with psychology through the power of the time honored Hero’s Journey narrative. This results in a compelling, informative and empowering book on the power to make conscious choices as to how we show up in the world. By the end of book, it is easy to see that we have the ability to shape our mental patterns and realize that “Peace is truly just a thought away.”

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  • DaisyBell
  • 28-06-2021

Beautiful, moving, WOW

I am so deeply moved by this book I’m not even sure what to write... it felt as though Jill Bolte Taylor was speaking to ME... and she was. As she is speaking to all of us. What a gift this book was, and the audio version contained all of the author’s emotions, her real heart and soul. Phenomenal.

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  • Lyle Anderson
  • 20-06-2021

Listen all the way through.

This is an important book to listen to of you want to have more flexibility in dealing with your world.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-06-2021

Most great book about our brain working ever!

It is a very clear, profound, touching explanation about the brain and how it works ever someone can read, and I think it is necessary for all the human race can read

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  • Scoreless M0NK3Y
  • 03-06-2021

Thank you, Jill!

A must read manual for heathy mental function. the science and breakdown explanation anyone can understand. Thank you!!!!

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  • 15-07-2021

Wonderful

A totally fantastic, life affirming book. I cried big fat happy tears through much of it.

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