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

gifted adultsA book for gifted people and children or adults

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.

Check out Paula at Amazon Author Central.

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


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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