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Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D. on Whole-Brain Living: Episode 100

n this episode, we're thrilled to bring you an incredible conversation with Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, a Harvard-trained neuroscientist who shares her extraordinary journey of recovery from a severe brain hemorrhage and how it led her to explore the fascinating capabilities of the human brain. Dr. Taylor's insights into neuroplasticity, whole brain living, and the anatomy of choice are not only revolutionary but offer a profound message of hope and resilience.

**Guest Bio:**
Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a renowned neuroscientist and the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir "My Stroke of Insight," which documents her experience and recovery from a severe brain hemorrhage. Her TED talk became the first viral video on the internet related to neuroscience, garnering over 29 million views. Dr. Taylor was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World and continues to inspire through her latest book, "Whole Brain Living."

**Episode Highlights:**

1. **Dr. Taylor's Personal Journey:** Learn about Dr. Jill's life-altering experience in 1996, her eight-year recovery, and the insights gained about the human brain's resilience and capacity for healing.

2. **The Concept of Whole Brain Living:** Dr. Taylor introduces the revolutionary idea of whole brain living, explaining the four characters that drive our lives and how understanding them can lead to a more balanced, satisfying existence.

3. **Neuroplasticity and Recovery:** Discover the role of neuroplasticity in recovery from neurological trauma and how we can harness the power of our brains to overcome challenges.

4. **Practical Applications for Physicians and Healthcare Providers:** Dr. Taylor discusses the implications of her work for healthcare providers, emphasizing the importance of self-awareness and emotional intelligence in medical practice.

5. **Future Directions and How to Get Involved:** Learn about the ongoing projects and research related to whole brain living, including how to integrate these concepts into education and professional development.

**Key Quotes from Dr. Taylor:**

- "The beauty of our human brain is that we have the power to choose who and how we want to be in the world."
- "Whole brain living offers a pathway to not only recover from trauma but to thrive by understanding and embracing the complexity of our minds."
- "Hope and understanding are the first steps toward healing."

**Resources Mentioned:**

- [My Stroke of Insight](#) by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor
- [Whole Brain Living: The Anatomy of Choice and the Four Characters That Drive Our Life](#) by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor


**Closing Thoughts:**

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor's journey is a testament to the human spirit's resilience and the brain's incredible ability to heal and adapt. Her message of hope, empowerment, and the importance of understanding our mental landscape resonates deeply, offering valuable insights for anyone interested in personal growth, neuroscience, and the art of living well.

Resources:

**Connect with Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor:**

https://www.drjilltaylor.com

Whole Brain Living link

TED talk link

[email protected]


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