Your Rainforest Mind: A Guide to the Well-Being of Gifted Adults and Youth


by Paula Prober, MS, MEd

Do you long to drive a Ferrari at top speed on the open road, but find yourself always stuck on the freeway during rush hour? Do you wonder how you can feel like “not enough” and “too much” at the same time? Like the rain forest, are you sometimes intense, multilayered, colorful, creative, overwhelming, highly sensitive, complex, and/or idealistic? And, like the rain forest, have you met too many chainsaws?

Enter Paula Prober, MS, MEd, who understands the diversity and complexity of minds like yours. In Your Rainforest Mind: A Guide to the Well-Being of Gifted Youths and Adults, Paula explores the challenges faced by gifted adults of all ages. Through case studies and extensive research, Paula will help you tap into your inner creativity, find peace, and discover the limitless potential that comes with your Rainforest Mind.

Available in print at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, for Kindle and Nook, and the GHF Amazon store in paperback and Kindle. See below for international availability through Amazon! More help and insight can be found in our other books from the Perspectives In Gifted Homeschooling Series and More GHF Press Titles

Check out Paula at Amazon Author Central and Goodreads.

Listen to Paula's podcasts:
Healing for the Gifted Adult with Paula Prober
How to Embrace Your Beautiful Rainforest Mind: Podcast Interview w/ Alchemist Paula Prober

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Do You Have a Rainforest Mind?
  • Chapter One: Too Much: Intensity, Sensitivity, Empathy
  • Chapter Two: If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Saving the World?
  • Chapter Three: Perfectionism, Precision, Procrastination
  • Chapter Four: Too Many Possibilities, Too Many Choices
  • Chapter Five: Going It Alone
  • Chapter Six: School Daze
  • Chapter Seven: Authenticity and Creativity and Spirituality, Oh My!
  • Chapter Eight: Stop the Deforestation
  • Crystalline Structures
  • Recommended Resources
  • Endnotes
  • Index
  • Acknowledgments
  • About the Author

Reviews

Celi Trepanier, Crushing Tall Poppies
"[R]est assured that there is a book which will calm your fears, offer tons of helpful, implementable strategies, and provide you with a multitude of resources to support you and your child." Read more.

Emily VR, The Fissure
"Whether you are starting on the “what is giftedness?” journey, advocating for a gifted child in school, homeschooling your child, or just looking for help in coping with life’s challenges, Paula’s guide gives wisdom and assistance to readers." Read more.

Ann Grahl, Supporting Gifted Learners
"Many gifted individuals find themselves muddled in the undergrowth of their potential, struggling to uncover who they are and seeking a clearer path to who they are meant to be—never knowing that there is balance and even order to be found once they accept the full complexity of their lives." Read more.

Pamela Price, Red, White & Grew
"The phrase “rainforest mind” is a brilliant description of the multi-faceted experience of living with giftedness." Read more.

Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley, My Little Poppies
"Filled with fascinating case studies, Your Rainforest Mind will have you reflecting upon giftedness in a way that you haven’t before. And unlike many other gifted books, Paula has included a list of helpful, applicable strategies at the end of every single chapter." Read more.

Paula Wilkes, PhD, Coaching the Gifted
"'Your Rainforest Mind' is THE book for those people beginning their exploration of gifted issues as well as those (like me) who have been in gifted education for decades." Read more.

Jade Rivera, Book Review, "Counseling and Guidance Newsletter," Fall 2016, National Association for Gifted Children
"This is why Paula Prober’s new book [. . .] is as valuable as a sustainably sourced 10 carat diamond." Continue reading at Amazon.com.

Gail Post, PhD, Gifted Challenges
"[T]his engaging read uses the metaphor of a rainforest mind to offer a unique perspective on giftedness. It also provides useful tips to help gifted individuals and families weather the emotional ups and downs associated with being gifted." 
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Lucinda Leo, Laugh, Love, Learn
"Your Rainforest Mind: A Guide to the Well-Being of Gifted Adults and Youth is a life-affirming book about ‘excessively curious, idealistic, sensitive, highly intelligent humans’." Read more.

Lisa Swaboda, Atlas Educational
"[Paula's] resources and strategies are both lush and abundant. It’s a beautiful journey that you don’t want to miss." Read more.

Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley, My Little Poppies
"Filled with fascinating case studies, Your Rainforest Mind will have you reflecting upon giftedness in a way that you haven’t before. And unlike many other gifted books, Paula has included a list of helpful, applicable strategies at the end of every single chapter." Read more.

Homeschooling2e
"If you’re like me you’ve gone through your entire life knowing that you weren’t “normal,” but never identifying yourself as gifted.  Prober’s book points out specific traits that we don’t usually associate with being gifted but that make perfect sense." Read more.

Jennifer Harvey Sallin, Intergifted
"[R]eaders feel hope, as though the world is opening wide to them as they read her pages; her words not only provide one path for moving forward, but many paths to explore and choose from at will and as needed." Read more.

Linda Silverman, Gifted Development Center
“Interwoven with rich case studies from Paula’s counseling practice, Your Rainforest Mind will be earmarked and tear-stained. Prepare to lose your first copy to your best friend.” Read more.

Tom Clynes, author of The Boy Who Played with Fusion
“The rainforest is Paula Prober’s fresh and apt metaphor for the abundant internal ecosystem of the gifted child or adult. Like tropical forests around the world, the gifted are both fragile and powerful, surrounded by threats but full of world-changing potential.
“Prober does not settle for shallow or simplistic answers; she explores and finds inspiration in places that other researchers and practitioners haven’t considered. Drawing on examples from her clinical practice, she presents straightforward strategies for encouraging not just accomplishment, but also the capacity for happiness and fulfillment. The result is an intensely readable and useful book that will resonate with anyone concerned with understanding and nurturing the extraordinary abundance within ourselves and the gifted people in our lives.”

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