The following press release was sent to the Bloomingtonian:
For Immediate Release
Event Date 1/29/2023
Contact: Jill Bolte Taylor, PhD [email protected]
Whole Brain Living Workshop with Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor
Bloomington, IN – Unity of Bloomington welcomes Jill Bolte Taylor, PhD as she presents her talk “Whole Brain Living – the Anatomy of Choice and the Four Characters That Drive Our Life” on Sunday, January 29, 2023, Noon – 1:30 pm. The Unity of Bloomington Spiritual Growth Center is located at 4001 S Rogers Street, Bloomington.
A renowned neuroanatomist, Dr. Jill focuses on how we can activate the power of our brain’s neuroplasticity to not only recover from neurological trauma but how we can purposefully 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, and which now has over 28.5 million views. Also in 2008, Dr. Jill was chosen as one of Tim 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.
The New York Times best-selling author of My Stroke of Insight Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D., blends
neuroanatomy with psychology to show how we can short-circuit emotional reactivity and find
our way to peace in her newest book, Whole Brain Living: The Anatomy of Choice and the Four
Characters That Drive Our Life.
For half a century we have been trained to believe that our right brain hemisphere is our
emotional brain, while our left brain houses our rational thinking. Now neuroscience shows that
it’s not that simple: in fact, our emotional limbic tissue is evenly divided between our two
hemispheres. Consequently, each hemisphere has both an emotional brain and a thinking brain.
In this groundbreaking new book, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor presents these four distinct modules of
cells as four characters that make up who we are: Character 1, Left Thinking; Character 2, Left
Emotion; Character 3, Right Emotion; and Character 4, Right Thinking.
Everything we think, feel, or do is dependent upon brain cells to perform that function. Since
each of the Four Characters stems from specific groups of cells that feel unique inside of our
body, they each display particular skills, feel specific emotions, or think distinctive thoughts.
In Whole Brain Living, Dr. Taylor shows us how to get acquainted with our own Four
Characters, observe how they show up in our daily life, and learn to identify and relate to them in
others as well. And she introduces a practice called the Brain Huddle–a tool for bringing our
Four Characters into conversation with one another so we can tap their respective strengths and
choose which one to embody in any situation.
The more we become familiar with each of the characters in ourselves and others, the more
power we gain over our thoughts, our feelings, our relationships, and our lives. Indeed, we
discover that we have the power to choose who and how we want to be in every moment. And
when our Four Characters work together and balance one another as a whole brain, we gain a
radical new road map to deep inner peace.
“We have much more power over what is going on inside of our brain than we
have ever been taught. We have two emotional and two thinking modules of cells
and each group manufactures a specific skill set. We express those skill sets as
personalities which Dr. Taylor calls the Four Characters. Once we become
familiar with our Four Characters, we can use of the BRAIN Huddle tool to bring
all four of our characters into conversation with one another. When we do so, we
gain the power to choose who and how we want to be in any moment. In
addition, every time we think a thought that stimulates an emotion – like anger, or
anxiety, it only takes 90 seconds for that to run in our brain. Mastering the 90
Second Rule leads to true personal freedom from all emotional reactivity, leaving
us able to live our best life.”