Your Rainforest Mind

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Your Rainforest Mind — The Webinar


I was the guest speaker at a webinar held recently through, a new-ish sensitively-designed website founded by Jennifer Harvey Sallin to provide services and support for all of you rainforest-y grownups! In the webinar, I tell some of my story of how I became a psychotherapist-consultant-speaker-blogger-author-tango dancer.  (Well, actually, I leave off the part about the tango dancer. I’ll save that for the next webinar.) Then I share some of the ideas in my book through the words of my clients. What’s really special, though, are the comments from the participants; the wonderfully rainforest-minded souls, just like you.



To my bloggEEs: Let us know what you think. What are your reactions, feelings, questions and ruminations? What’s it like to actually see me and hear me after just “reading me” after all this time?? Thank you for watching! If you’re reading my book, please let us know what you’re discovering. And remember that taking the time to understand your inner world will mean that you’re more compassionate and effective in the outer world. 

Author: Paula Prober

I'm a psychotherapist and consultant in private practice in Eugene, Oregon. I specialize in counseling gifted adults and consulting with parents of gifted children. The label "gifted" is often controversial and confusing. I use the metaphor of the rainforest to describe this population. Like the rainforest, these individuals are quite complex, highly sensitive, intense, multi-layered, and misunderstood. They're also curious, idealistic, highly intelligent, creative, perfectionistic, and they love learning. I've been an adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon and a guest presenter at Oregon State University and Pacific University. I've written articles on giftedness for the Eugene Register-Guard, the Psychotherapy Networker, and Advanced Development Journal. My first book, Your Rainforest Mind: A Guide to the Well-Being of Gifted Adults and Youth, was released in June 2016 by GHF Press and is available on Amazon or at your independent bookstore. My second book, Journey Into Your Rainforest Mind: A Field Guide for Gifted Adults and Teens, Book Lovers, Overthinkers, Geeks, Sensitives, Brainiacs, Intuitives, Procrastinators, and Perfectionists, was released in June 2019.

7 thoughts on “Your Rainforest Mind — The Webinar

  1. Dear Paula and Jennifer: Thank you so much for this wonderful interview and discussion. I can’t remember the last time that I listened to something which kept me engaged the whole way through. Tears, laughter, and such a sense of relief that others actually understand and can relate. I am so looking forward to reading your book Paula when it becomes available in Canada.

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  2. Thank you for sharing this interview. Understanding myself, understanding why others misunderstand me, and yet living with the reality of the gap all the time. It wears me out. I pray all the time for clarity, understanding, and energy. Looking forward to getting your book.

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  4. Some emotional things in there for me too.

    Before I watched the video, I was going to ask you if you get overwhelmed and exhausted by constantly dealing with the intensity and emotional drama of gifted people. But then I noticed how much you were getting into acting out the stories of your patients, and saw how it’s clear you are energized by these people and the stories they have to tell. Great stuff!

    PS I wish I had a teacher like you when I was growing up.

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    • Thank you, Mark. I do get energized by the work. And I keep my practice small enough so that I don’t get overwhelmed. I also select clients carefully so that I work with people who match well with what I have to offer. I also get my own therapy and take good care of my introverted self. ( I never had kids so I have more energy for my career. So that helps as well.)


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