My Stroke of Insight

Author: Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.

About the Author: Dr. Taylor was studying severe mental health issues when she experienced a stroke at 37. After a full-recovery, Jill’s work continued but with great power, as a stroke survivor herself. Her Ted Talk went viral in 2008.

Short Synopsis: When psychologist Jill Bolte Taylor realized that she was experiencing a stroke, as a young woman, still in her thirties, she had the presence of mind to call for help. Prior to the illness, Jill taught about the brain—having no idea that one day she would be able to help so many family members and helpers alike understand how to best support stroke victims. I recommend her book for responders to all types of tragedies. Regardless of the nature of the crisis, when a survivor regresses psychologically, responders who understand this process will be more effective in their communication efforts and make fewer mistakes in their support of the one they so badly want to comfort, support and validate.

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