My Stroke of Insight ペーパーバック – 2009/3/19
The astonishing international bestseller that chronicles how a brain scientist's own stroke led to enlightenment.
On the morning of the 10th December 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 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 an 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 realized 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.
A unique insight into human consciousness and its possibilities ― The Times
the incredible story of the neuroscientist who rebuilt her own mind after suffering a severe stroke. ― New Scientist
Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D. is a neuroanatomist affiliated with the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. She is the national spokesperson for the mentally ill at the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center (Brain Bank) and the consulting neuroanatomist for the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute.
Jill Bolte Taylor was named as one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2008 and was part of Oprah Winfrey's Soul Series, where Oprah invites inspirational thinkers on to her show to talk about matters of the soul.
She lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
- 出版社 : Hodder Paperback (2009/3/19)
- 発売日 : 2009/3/19
- 言語 : 英語
- ペーパーバック : 192ページ
- ISBN-10 : 0340980508
- ISBN-13 : 978-0340980507
- 寸法 : 19.5 x 1.1 x 13 cm
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 18,569位洋書 (の売れ筋ランキングを見る洋書)
I would be remiss, however, if I did not note how the last segment of the book seemed to drag on for much too long. Although I appreciate the importance of 'right' brain broad, non-specific thinking, the unsubstantiated talk of energies, visualisation and prayer left a sour taste in my mouth.
According to the author's own definition, I would consider myself a right-brain dominant person. I, however, do not believe that the spiritual 'oneness' with the universe needs to be rendered in a form so naïve as thanking one's cells for existing or refusing to deal with anxious people so that they don't 'steal one's energy'.
Physiology of the brain requires quite a few pages to properly describe. 'Energies', however, do not deserve the same volume of pages. Especially when such concepts, by nature, elude specificity and attempts to convey them result in droning, circular descriptions.
All in all, this was a wonderful book to read and I want to thank the author once again for such a phenomenal work. Despite my personal dislike of what I perceive as mystic pseudo-science, this remains an outstanding book.
I knew practically nothing about neurology when I began reading this book. Even so I believe even professionals could learn sooo much about how the brain works from it.
I also can't seem to learn from text books any more. This book was really good as though I learnt along the way it felt like a novel.
I'm also excited about how maybe some of the strategies in here could improve the mental health of everyone.