My Stroke of Insight

My Stroke of Insight Summary

The astonishing New York Times bestseller that chronicles how a brain scientist's own stroke led to enlightenment

On December 10, 1996, Jill Bolte Taylor, a thirty-seven- year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist experienced a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. As she observed her mind deteriorate to the point that she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life-all within four hours-Taylor alternated between the euphoria 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 she was having a stroke and enabled her to seek help before she was completely lost. It would take her eight years to fully recover.

For Taylor, her stroke was a blessing and a revelation. It taught her that by "stepping to the right" of our left brains, we can uncover feelings of well-being that are often sidelined by "brain chatter." Reaching wide audiences through her talk at the Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conference and her appearance on Oprah's online Soul Series, Taylor provides a valuable recovery guide for those touched by brain injury and an inspiring testimony that inner peace is accessible to anyone.

Book Reviews

El Mexican Negro

Story5 star

Powerful story. As a caregiver whom specializes in bringing hope to hopeless, it gave me great insight on how better care for my people. Thank you for inspirational story.55


Similar Story2 star

I read this book because I too suffered a hemorrhagic stroke due to an undetected Cerebral AVM. I was interested in Dr. Taylor's recovery journey and how she shares her story with other stroke survivors. For me, there was some very useful information, but too much time devoted to her efforts of reinventing her brain.25


Excellent5 star

I read this book and help me to understand my brain and how it works. Jill Bolte Taylor transport me to feel all that she pass through the stroke. love the book.55


Insights into the Brain5 star

Excellent presentation. I know now more about how my son is feeling! Makes me sad that I had not read this sooner, so I could help him more. He was age forty, when he had 2 massive strokes within 10 days. Today at forty three he makes the most of what he has with government subsidies.55


My Stroke of Insight5 star

This is a must read for anyone or family that has a stroke survivor. We have been both blessed and inspired by this book. We are using the 40 things that you should know. It is helping us understated why understanding the stroke is important .55

Caro L S.

My stroke of Insight5 star

Magnificent!!! A life- changer indeed.55


Wow5 star

I barely read the first chapter and it had me wanting to write a review about the book. I'm currently at Barne's and I was intrigued and wanting to read more, already. I'm definitely leaving with this book tonight.55


My stroke of insight4 star

Nice balance between science and personal experience. Very engaging45


Stroke of Insight5 star

An amazing story of a world we can only imagine...the mind inside of a stroke survivor, and not just any survivor, a neuroscientist who studied brains. Everyone should read this book, for themselves, and for their friends and loved ones.55


Absolutely Wonderful!!!5 star

I had a stroke a year and a half ago. So many things were going on that I didn't understand, and still don't, and a friend recommended this book. Now so many things make sense and are falling into place. I've read this book from cover to cover and it has helped me understand the changes in my brain a lot better. This book should be read by anybody who has a brain! This book is written so that it is easy and inspiring to read, especially for those of us who've had a stroke. It should be required reading for anyone who works on the rehab ward with patients who have brain injury. I was on acute rehab for nearly a month, and only one person treated me like a baby. It was humiliating, but she was removed when my doctor found out. If she had read this book, she'd know that we were just injured and not stupid. Thank you, Jill Bolte Taylor for writing this book. I'm telling everyone who will listen that they need to read It. I am overcome with great emotion from your compassion to the readers of this book.55

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