top of page

The book "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" was written by a coma patient.

Updated: May 29, 2022

Studying the "Study of Consciousness" (Stanislas Duanne) can further deepen your understanding of coaching theory.

I am studying to add a unique flavour to "unconscious rewriting".

This series of blog posts are my study notes. This time, the theme that follows the unconscious and conscious

I will write a "sign of consciousness".


Many adults and children are severely disabled every year due to car accidents, strokes, suicide attempts, carbon monoxide poisoning, and water accidents. Patients in a coma or quadriplegic who cannot move or speak appear to have lost the brilliance of their mental life.

However, deep inside the heart, there are examples of consciousness still dwelling.

Jean-Dominique Bauby, editor-in-chief of the French fashion magazine "ELLE", collapsed due to cerebral haemorrhage on December 8, 1995, at the age of 43, and lost the physical freedom of the whole body called "locked-in syndrome".

I watched a movie. I expected it to be a story full of dissatisfaction that I couldn't move, but there was no dust in that atmosphere.

He was the only one who could move his left eye in the sickbed, but he wrote:"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" in the sickbed. Unfortunately, he died two days after the book was published.

Bobby fell into a coma that lasted 20 days from December 8th.

When she woke up in the ward, she was completely paralyzed except for one of her eyes and part of her head. After that, he lived for 15 months, during which he wrote and published a book.

His book, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Dreams (1997), which impressed the inner world of a locked-in syndrome patient, quickly became a bestseller.

Bobby, trapped in his own body, is stuck while his assistant sings the alphabet E, S, A, R, I, N, T, U, L, O, M in order of frequency of use. , It seems that he wrote one book while specifying each letter by blinking his left eye.

With 200,000 blinks, he created a story about a beautiful heart damaged by a stroke. And he died of pneumonia just three days after the book was published.

He likened the state of being trapped in a stagnant body to a diving suit. Bobby's lively imagination and agile writing are a perfect testament to the autonomy of consciousness.

Even in immobility, many mental states are freely flowing within his mind, from sight to touch, from pleasant scents to deep emotions.

However, many patients in a situation similar to Bobby's are unaware that they maintain their inner world.

In more than half of the cases, the family will notice first. Unfortunately, it takes 2.5 months to make a proper diagnosis after a brain injury. Some patients have not been diagnosed for four years.

Intentional eye movements and blinks, even if noticed, are considered reflexive movements, as the patient's paralyzed body occasionally exhibits only involuntary twitching and stylized reflexes.

Approximately 40 per cent of patients who are completely unresponsive and diagnosed as "vegetative" will eventually be found by close examination to show minimal signs of consciousness.

In intensive care units worldwide, half of the patients die when they make a clinical decision and remove life support systems.

If we can detect the remaining consciousness, such a tragedy cannot occur. But now, a bright outlook is emerging.

Neuroscientists and researchers using brain imaging have made great strides in identifying the state of consciousness.

Neuroscience is now moving towards more straightforward and cheaper ways to detect patients and communicate with them.

I'm off the beaten track from cognitive science coaching, but in this blog, I'd like to look at the future outlook for neuroscience.

3 views0 comments


bottom of page