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~READ EPUB ⚕ The Shaking Woman, or A History of My Nerves ☹ In this unique neurological memoir Siri Hustvedt attempts to solve her own mysterious conditionWhile speaking at a memorial event for her father in , Siri Hustvedt suffered a violent seizure from the neck down Despite her flapping arms and shaking legs, she continued to speak clearly and was able to finish her speech It was as if she had suddenly become two people a calm orator and a shuddering wreck Then the seizures happened again and again The Shaking Woman tracks Hustvedt s search for a diagnosis, one that takes her inside the thought processes of several scientific disciplines, each one of which offers a distinct perspective on her paroxysms but no ready solution In the process, she finds herself entangled in fundamental questions What is the relationship between brain and mind How do we remember What is the self During her investigations, Hustvedt joins a discussion group in which neurologists, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, and brain scientists trade ideas to develop a new field neuropsychoanalysis She volunteers as a writing teacher for psychiatric in patients at the Payne Whitney clinic in New York City and unearths precedents in medical history that illuminate the origins of and shifts in our theories about the mind body problem In The Shaking Woman, Hustvedt synthesizes her experience and research into a compelling mystery Who is the shaking woman In the end, the story she tells becomes, in the words of George Makari, author of Revolution in Mind, a brilliant illumination for us all On reading the description, this sounds like the author is going to investigate her mysterious shaking disease, discover and share fascinating medical tidbits along the way, and presumably come up with a conclusion.In reality it s a lotrambling and personal than that, and not quite as interesting.After her initial shaking fit, Hustvedt did some research on her own into psychological disorders She was already working with psychiatric patients, and felt well equipped to do so She diag On reading the description, this sounds like the author is going to investigate her mysterious shaking disease, discover and share fascinating medical tidbits along the way, and presumably come up with a conclusion.In reality it s a lotrambling and personal than that, and not quite as interesting.After her initial shaking fit, Hustvedt did some research on her own into psychological disorders She was already working with psychiatric patients, and felt well equipped to do so She diagnosed herself with hysteria, something which has gone almost entirely out of fashion in the medical community After deciding that was what she had, she continued to research the disease and the various perceptions its gone through over the years.The investigation is interesting at what point is a symptom really real If you can scan it on an MRI, is it real then What if conscious thought affects it How can an illness be all in a patient s mind, when all it has actual symptoms, and looks just like the real thing Associated musings explore the idea of self, the relationship between body and mind, the meaning and purpose of dreams, and how perception affects reality.Hustvedt s symptoms come and go, and she adapts her theory, up until an incident which thoroughly disproves her idea This leads her finally go to a doctor She winds up with an entirely unsurprising diagnosis, given her history and symptoms So, while it s an interesting book, it sgeared toward fans of Siri Hustvdet, who want to know what she s like and why she writes the way she does It honestly is an interesting book in that regard It s not much of a medical mystery, though I wish there was a star rating for didn t finish or not what I was after I heard the author on an NPR interview and, with my history of severe and constant migraines, though this would be an interesting book But I expected to hear the author s story, to read about her shaking and her journey and her migraines.I managed to read to page 92 of 199 and it is entirely a philosophy book about the mind body connection with a good dose of physiology thrown in It s about how culture and medicine I wish there was a star rating for didn t finish or not what I was after I heard the author on an NPR interview and, with my history of severe and constant migraines, though this would be an interesting book But I expected to hear the author s story, to read about her shaking and her journey and her migraines.I managed to read to page 92 of 199 and it is entirely a philosophy book about the mind body connection with a good dose of physiology thrown in It s about how culture and medicine has and does view the mind and mental health and the intersection of mental health with physical symptoms.And it just wasn t what I was after So, OK you re speaking before a large group of people and you have a kind of panic Well, duh If you have a friendly publisher and MD, you can scribble it all down and soon Sign Books Theterrific comic playwright, Chris Durang, gives us a hilarious play called The Actor s Nightmare, wherein an actor doesn t know what play he s in I was once drafted to give a Talk at a molto prestige place, and, midway, gadzooks, wondered What the hell am I saying I havent a clue My eyes glazed, my So, OK you re speaking before a large group of people and you have a kind of panic Well, duh If you have a friendly publisher and MD, you can scribble it all down and soon Sign Books Theterrific comic playwright, Chris Durang, gives us a hilarious play called The Actor s Nightmare, wherein an actor doesn t know what play he s in I was once drafted to give a Talk at a molto prestige place, and, midway, gadzooks, wondered What the hell am I saying I havent a clue My eyes glazed, my hands trembled the whole Eek I didn t require an MD I didn t write about it until now I realized it was just stage fright, which I hadn t had before or since What set it off I was uncertain of what I was saying At end audience members rushed to shower congrats And I realized no therehad a clue anyway as to the subject of the Talk Got paid a wad So fuk any medico bosherie about Nerves shaking, quacking or qwacking Just have 2 vodka martinis and a good laugh It s a burp, not a book I m glad I read this book but I probably should have waited for a time when I would have beenfocused on it than now So, I plan to reread The Shaking Woman, Or, a History of My Nerves to fully appreciate, and fully understand everything into it Siri Hustvedt mixes her personal story and an essay about neurology psychology in fact, she is dealing with a situation she doesn t understand She does research, and the book is the result of these researches about her personal case She also wr I m glad I read this book but I probably should have waited for a time when I would have beenfocused on it than now So, I plan to reread The Shaking Woman, Or, a History of My Nerves to fully appreciate, and fully understand everything into it Siri Hustvedt mixes her personal story and an essay about neurology psychology in fact, she is dealing with a situation she doesn t understand She does research, and the book is the result of these researches about her personal case She also writes about other cases, and other illnesses It was fascinating, and I learnt SO MANY things I had to reread certain passages to fully understand them reading in a train ugh but it didn t reduce the pleasure I had while reading It made me think, shook my certainties, things I thought were immutable It also made me discover certain things I didn t know at all about different subjects, mostly around mental health I would have loved to write in my copy of the book, be it my personal remarks, or just to underline some sentences that were significant to me Unfortunately, this book was not mine I ll wait and buy my own copy to write into it I love Siri Hustvedt s writing and ideas she is, for me, in Margaret Atwood s case She might write about anything the writing will be good, and I ll be interested in what is told She is reaching my favorite authors list Can t wait to read other books by this great author A very intelligent memoir of illness, in which the author uses deep knowledge from several disciplines neuroscience, psychoanalysis, literature and her own experience to discuss the relationship between mind and body Hustvedt is the best proof that very cerebral people are often also very sensitive she suffers of numerous nervous afflictions , and that the mind and the body are inseparable. In 2006, Siri Hustvedt stands to give a short speech at the planting of a tree in memory of her father As she speaks, she begins to shake, her body from the neck down convulsing as though she is having a fit From the neck up she is calm, retains her faculty of speech, continues to talk as if her body is not answering some other call In this book, she sets out to discover who the shaking woman is.The search passes through neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry, philosophy, theology, poetry, and In 2006, Siri Hustvedt stands to give a short speech at the planting of a tree in memory of her father As she speaks, she begins to shake, her body from the neck down convulsing as though she is having a fit From the neck up she is calm, retains her faculty of speech, continues to talk as if her body is not answering some other call In this book, she sets out to discover who the shaking woman is.The search passes through neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry, philosophy, theology, poetry, and story telling of all kinds Hustvedt considers the impact of culture on the illnesses we can identity for ourselves and those we can t the effect of words on our understanding of our lives, for good and ill the boundless reach of what biology tells us about our bodies and the limitations of halting the search for meaning at the borders of a cell We are, Hustvedt concludes, beings who do not experience unusual events, feelings, and trauma as bundles of cells alone, nor are such events conditional experiences of the mind We are story tellers, each of us, and we name and describe our feelings, our bodies, our illnesses, our research, and in the amalgam of all of this is the self.The book has no chapters, and I regretted the lack of them I wanted better organization, or at leaststructure And yet I m sure the choice was a purposeful one As Hustvedt concludes, we are not beings who experience life in discrete boxes or chunks, but rather we messily move from intellect to emotion to belief to the sparking of a neuron in mere seconds, back and forth, over and over again To divide this long meditation on who we are and how illness, mental and otherwise, figures into that is to impose an artificial structure on something that, by nature, is disorganized and chaotic.And that s one of the most interesting things of all, to see reflected in my own wish for chapters a sense of how I bring order to my world Fascinating book This was an interesting and thoughtful book, if not exactly what I expected The title lead me to believe that it would beof a personal memoir of illness, while, although Hustvedt talks about her life and her shaking incidents somewhat, it focuseson the history of hysteria and the biological vs psychological views of the human brain If you are interested in learning about neurology, the history of psychology, and philosophical discussions on the soul, then you will enjoy this boo This was an interesting and thoughtful book, if not exactly what I expected The title lead me to believe that it would beof a personal memoir of illness, while, although Hustvedt talks about her life and her shaking incidents somewhat, it focuseson the history of hysteria and the biological vs psychological views of the human brain If you are interested in learning about neurology, the history of psychology, and philosophical discussions on the soul, then you will enjoy this book, as I did At times it could be quite dry and esoteric, but it left me with a lot to think about, and even though I would ve enjoyed apersonal narrative, the questions raised by this little tome have stuck with me for the last week and I keep finding myself coming back to them again and again It s the kind of book I wish I owned, instead of borrowed from the library, so I could highlight and take notes and come back to it again and again Ah, well, maybe when it comes out in paperback Recommended for intellectual searchers and anyone who has an illness that may, or may not be, psychosomatic A magnificent book, I cannot formulate it any differently Mind you, this is not a novel, rather a drawn out essay with an autobiographical focus After all, Hustvedt describes how, from 2006 onwards, she regularly suffers from sudden, severe tremors, and in the book she describes her years of searching for an explanation and a solution to it.So this is a very specialized, rather difficult book to read Hustvedt tells about her wanderings along psychologists, neurologists, brain specialists, and A magnificent book, I cannot formulate it any differently Mind you, this is not a novel, rather a drawn out essay with an autobiographical focus After all, Hustvedt describes how, from 2006 onwards, she regularly suffers from sudden, severe tremors, and in the book she describes her years of searching for an explanation and a solution to it.So this is a very specialized, rather difficult book to read Hustvedt tells about her wanderings along psychologists, neurologists, brain specialists, and about her own in depth study of the state of affairs in those domains, illustrated with concrete cases she knows herself or she has heard about or read about She does this in a rather chaotic, meandering way, which according to the reviews, here on Goodreads, enervate many readers But for me this just was the charm of this book anyone who is confronted with major illnesses or disorders cannot but work in this way searching, wandering, asking questions, trying treatmenst, going from success to disappointment and back.This book provides a staggering picture of a science that knows only a fraction of how man works in that gray zone between neurology, psychology and brain a science that constantly contradicts itself and swings from one trend or fashion to another, and still each time with a lot of certainty launches new theories, or secretly returns to previously stubbornly opposed visions.Even Hustvedt herself did not get much further despite all her attempts and perseverence And I see this too is a source of frustration for many readers But then they have just missed the point of this book, I would say Because Hustvedt eventually draws the only possible, pragmatic conclusion she accepts that her persistent migraine and the tremor attacks for whatever reason are part of her own identity that trembling woman, that s me Ultimately, this book for Hustvedt, with all its hesitation and confusion, is not just a plea for acceptance and fatalism , but it s rather a plea to give space to ambiguity in life, a life with uncertainty and therefore also with illness and pain , also in the sciences Ambiguity does not obey logic The logician says, To tolerate contradiction is to be indifferent to truth Those particular philosophers like playing games of true and false It is either one thing or the other, never both But ambiguity is inherently contradictory and insoluble, a bewildering truth of fogs and mists and the unrecognizable figure or phantom or memory or dream that can t be contained or held in my hands or kept because it is always flying away, and I cannot tell what it is or if it is anything at all I chase it with words even though it won t be captured, and every once in a while I come close to it This is a view I can fully endorce 3 1 2 stars Siri Hustvedt is one of my favorite authors living or dead and it just seems she s incapable of writing anything uninteresting This memoir touches on philosophy, psychology and consciousness studies through her own experience of an inexplicable experience of uncontrolled shaking that first came upon her while speaking at a memorial for her father Throughout, Hustvedt explores the meaning of her experience with the aesthetics of the poet and the curious skepticism of the scientist If o Siri Hustvedt is one of my favorite authors living or dead and it just seems she s incapable of writing anything uninteresting This memoir touches on philosophy, psychology and consciousness studies through her own experience of an inexplicable experience of uncontrolled shaking that first came upon her while speaking at a memorial for her father Throughout, Hustvedt explores the meaning of her experience with the aesthetics of the poet and the curious skepticism of the scientist If one were to read the books alluded to or quoted in the footnotes, you would be exposed to a breath of speculation ranging from The Salem Witch Trials Reader to Lacan from Dostoyevsky to Hans Christian Anderson from Husserl to Damasio and much.Some of the questions she dives into with the courage of not settling for answers include Is there a difference between brain and mind, and if so, what is it What is the self and is it constructed or essential Who or what is the person Yes, I loved this book