John Elder Robinson On His 'Emotional Awakening'16:00

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How would it feel to suddenly be able to understand emotions? We talk to John Elder Robinson of Springfield, Massachusetts, who describes this experience in his new book "Switched On: A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening."


John Elder Robinson, author. He tweets @johnrobison.


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  • "I mean, I had some really hard times. I was driven to be almost suicidal, my marriage fell apart, I embarked on a disastrous relationship after that, and took five years for me to be remarried, stable and settle down again. TMS actually changed how I saw my memories as a child. I now remember times when people were laughing, but now thanks to TMS, I realize they were laughing at me.”

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  • "They say, be careful what you wish for. The intervention succeeded beyond my wildest dreams — and it turned my life upside down. After one of my first T.M.S. sessions, in 2008, I thought nothing had happened. But when I got home and closed my eyes, I felt as if I were on a ship at sea. And there were dreams — so real they felt like hallucinations."

This segment aired on April 11, 2016.