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Interview With Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor - Part 1

Updated: Sep 28, 2022

What is going on inside both hemispheres of your brain?

In this episode of the Beauty of Conflict, Susan and CrisMarie are joined by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor to discuss her newest book, Whole Brain Living: The Anatomy of Choice and the Four Characters That Drive Our Life. As you might remember from High School biology classes, the human brain has two hemispheres, with an emotional system and a thinking system in each one. Each system has a specific way of processing information, and therefore, Dr. Jill has personified each of these four systems into several characters with different personalities within ourselves. Dr. Jill breaks down each character and how they reflect on the way we feel and think. She also explains how after getting to know your four characters, you can call them into a huddle and have the power to choose, moment by moment, who and how you want to be in every circumstance or situation in your life.

Tune in to this episode to learn about the four characters in your brain so you can live your best life!

About our Guest - Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a Harvard-trained and published neuroscientist. In 1996 she experienced a severe hemorrhage (AVM) 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 bestseller list and is still routinely the #1 book in the category Stroke in the Amazon marketplace.

Dr. Jill is a dynamic teacher and public speaker who loves educating all age groups, academic levels, as well as corporations and not-for-profit organizations about the beauty of our human brain. She focuses on how we can activate the power of our neuroplasticity to not only recover from neurological trauma, but how we can purposely choose to live a more flexible, resilient, and satisfying life.

In 2008 Dr. Jill gave the first TED talk that ever went viral on the Internet, which now has well over 27.5 million views. Also in 2008, Dr. Jill was chosen as one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” and was the premiere guest on Oprah Winfrey’s “Soul Series” webcast. Her new book, Whole Brain Living – the Anatomy of Choice and the Four Characters That Drive Our Life is a #1 release on Amazon in categories ranging from Neuroscience to Nervous System Diseases and Stroke

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Key Take-Aways

  • What each of your brain hemispheres is dominant in.

  • How to identify each of your own four characters.

  • How the human brain is different from other mammals and reptiles.

  • What a B.R.A.I.N Huddle is.

  • How Whole Brain Living can help you live your best life.


  • Get your own copy of Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor’s latest book Whole Brain Living: The Anatomy of Choice and the Four Characters That Drive Our Life here!

  • Read about Dr. Jill’s journey of recovery from a stroke in her book My Stroke of Insight here!

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CrisMarie Campbell and Susan Clarke

Coaches, Business Consultants, Speakers and Authors of The Beauty of Conflict

CrisMarie and Susan work with leaders and teams, couples in business, and professional women.

They help dysfunctional turnaround teams into high-performing, cohesive teams who trust each other, deal with differences directly, and have clarity and alignment on their business strategy, so they create great results.

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