Your Rainforest Mind

Support for the Excessively Curious, Creative, Smart & Sensitive


ProberGuide_CoverCROP_72dpi_4webMy first book, Your Rainforest Mind: A Guide to the Well-Being of Gifted Adults and Youth, was released in June 2016.  It’s available to order (in paper or ebook) on Amazon, wherever Amazon is in your part of the world, Barnes and Noble (Nook), and at your independent bookstore.

Linda K. Silverman of the Gifted Development Center wrote: “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 the entire review here.

Tom Clynes, author of The Boy Who Played With Fusion, wrote: “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.”

I’ve written a preview of my book here on my blog. Check it out. And, here’s a review from Jen who is the founder of Intergifted, a wonderful online resource for gifted adults. And a review from Kirkus Reviews: 

“…The obvious compassion that Prober feels for others—much like the empathy of those she counsels—prevents the text from feeling clinical, and her knowledge and experience provides a gravitas that many other self-help volumes lack…her honesty throughout makes her text feel earnest and convincing…an engagingly written work…” 

Thank you, dear readers, for being here with me. Let us know if you buy the book and what you think. Be sure to get a copy for your therapist, teachers, teenagers, partner, ex-partners, cousins, parents, and parents-in-law!

Click here on my Amazon affiliate link to buy the book.

Journey_Cover_4webpromo_040919My 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 is now available. This book is a collection of my most popular blog posts (2014-2018) along with strategies to guide your journey back to authenticity, purpose, love, and to finally deciding what color to paint your living room. It’s light-hearted and an easier read so it makes a great gift for friends, relatives, and therapists. Click here to buy the book.

Dr. Melanie Hayes of Big Minds Unschool has this to say:

“For those of you who have had the pleasure (and profound reassurance) of reading Your Rainforest Mind: A Guide to the Well-Being of Gifted Adults and Youth, this companion book deepens your sojourn into your mental wilderness. Paula Prober’s wisdom and experience is evident on every page. You will find no better guide to help you examine all of the complex nuances of having a mind that is teeming with inexplicable life! Each chapter looks at ways in which gifted persons are uniquely sensitive, creative, and expressive; and gives them multiple signposts and pathways to find appropriate support. Reading this book will leave you feeling validated, accommodated, and celebrated; ready to fully explore what is waiting for you in your own rainforest mind.”


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  6. Dear Paula: Thank you so much for creating this book. Reading it has been a significant turning point for me. The way that you describe the compilations of real life stories helped me to fit in the missing puzzle pieces on my journey to more self-acceptance. I now feel like I am on the path to being able to show up more as myself instead of thinking that I need to hide too many aspects of who I am in order to fit in. Words cannot express the gratitude that I have for such information and your compassionate level of understanding. With a warm smile of appreciation, Dorothy

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  10. Dear Paula,
    I’m so grateful to you for having written such an interesting, helpful and inspiring book.
    My daughter was assessed as gifted a couple of months ago which was both a shock and relief at having her uniqueness explained.
    When the woman who did her assessment suggested that I too might be gifted it was also a shock and relief to have an explanation for why I felt different.
    I sampled several books on Kindle to read up more on this topic and yours resonated the most.
    Despite my relief I’ve had many moments of doubting if I really fit the bill, even while reading and identifying with your chapters. Yes, I easily learned several languages and have wide ranging interests and talents, have a deep concern for the environment and am a quick thinker, but on the other hand I was never good at physics, chemistry, etc and there is so much foundational knowledge I lack. Some of my family members and acquaintances are also very intelligent, so I can’t help wondering which of them might be RMFs and what it really takes to qualify. Is it reallly just 1-2% of the population as I have read? It just seems like there are more really smart people out there.
    And finally, I keep asking myself if the label matters? Since it has already brought so much clarity and relief to me (along with some regrets), it must matter…but I feel I shouldn’t dwell on it too much.
    I just wanted to share my experiences so far as I come to terms with these realizations and think about how to move forward, and again express my gratitude for your book and the platform for like-minded people to find common ground. Thank you!

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    • It’s great to hear from you, Maria. I think it is important to understand the characteristics of your giftedness. I was talking with someone today and we were saying that there are gifted folks who are not rainforest types. Perhaps the scientists who are cognitively advanced and very focused. Maybe who are more logical-linear types. High achievers in a certain field. They’re more often the ones seen as gifted. The rainforest type is more creative and nonlinear with multiple interests. Possibly more intuitive. So it’s important to recognize this as giftedness also. Because there’s also a high level of intellect, deep thinking. I’ve heard the statistic as 3-5% of the population. Some people say as many as 10%. Thank you for letting me know how the book has impacted you. It’s so rewarding for me to hear from readers!


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  14. Hi, I do love your book and have to read it again, it’s currently with my husband – a bit of a ‘you need to read this’ moment 🙂
    I’m currently grappling with home educating a voracious rain forest mind – instead of multiple simultaneous passions they occur one at a time for varying lengths of time. It’s challenging to work with sometimes as we support the passion and then it is dropped. If you know of any resources or expert in home education of gifted teens I’d be really interested.

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    • There’s a great resource for home education. They have books, classes and bloggers who are experienced homeschooling parents of gifted kids. You can find them on Facebook, too, and ask your questions there as well. Jen Torbeck Merrill is a mom of gifted teen sons. Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley has a great blog and multiple resources. Her kids are younger but she might be another place to start. OK?


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  20. Dear Paula, thank you so much for this supporting website! I am 43 and I live in France and we have very few meaningful or encouraging literature about the gifted which we can read in French. I diagnosed myself less than 10 years ago thanks to a non scientific test created by Mary Elaine Jacobsen and which I found in her book. Good thing I can speak English, otherwise I would still not know by now. Reading your website is so exciting to me, I cannot stand reading too much of it and need to come back to it. It feels like I belong to the world, it feels like I am part of a group which is such a joy to me. It’s also a bit scary to say the truth. After all these years of despair, is it real that I actually fit in this world?
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I wish you could translate your book to French, so all the French speaking gifted people who still feel lost could finally find their way.
    all the best!

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  30. Hello, is it correct that this book isn’t translated yet in another language? What a pity…

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  35. Hi Paula,

    I have just finished reading your first book and it resonated with me on a deep level. Thank you so much for putting so much care and time into discovering the RFM. It has given me the courage to fully explore my childhood from an RFM perspective so thank you. Also, will your second book be coming out on Kindle as well? Thanks, Shara

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  47. Thank you a million times for your book, it is one of the best books I have read up until now! Thank you for helping me understand what was actually going on. Finally, I am feeling relieved, as I have understood that I am not the problem – I am actually a solution to a lot of problems. I was quite difficult, I was constantly wondering what was wrong with me or with the people around me and why is this world slowly drifting ..I cannot but appreciate your accurate highlights of the “issues” that people with enhanced abilities can feel in terms of extraordinary sensory senses… I mean, can’t everybody hear all those sounds produced by the electrical circuits of working phone chargers or computers? With Love…

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  53. I am Hakeem, 22 from Malaysia, since I was born, I am so different and lonely. everyone tells me that I am weird and no one wants to be friends with me. I am used to being ignored and being misunderstood in my whole life. I try my best in everything but it just like I climb a mountain and when I reach the top, I see another one that even higher and I need to achieve it so everyone could notice that I exist. its, doesn’t matter how much I tried, everyone just walks faster than me and I am always the one who left behind, alone and depressed. I try to find a way on how to improve myself and I did research trough philosophy and psychology, personal quest, introspecting, and finding the answers on why I am the way I am intensely for 6 months. I push myself on level I forgot to sleep, eats, and even grooms.

    I come to the conclusions just by seeing a picture in Google images. all my traits were listed there and I know it is the reason why I am the way I am. the answer is stated in this book covers matched with my behaviors; Highly Sensitive person, hyper-empathy, intense perfectionist, highly prospective and incredibly intuitive… ” I am not slow, I am way too fast and the way to improve myself are to disimprove myself.’ , I was not being left behind, I’m simply too much ahead. hahhahaha…first time in my life I think my life is funny. I look at the mirror and I laughed at myself. with an IQ of 136, I am INFJ-T, Eannegram 4w5, tritype 4-8-5, an Empath, an Indigo, an Old soul, and A Gifted adults.

    I’m still studying and I don’t have the money yet to buy this book for now but I am so thankful that I found my self. I believe this is a good book, its solve my life puzzles and show the way out from a maze just by its covers. the answers of all my wonders may be inside of it. one day, I am gonna buy this book.

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    • I’m so happy to hear that my blog is helping you, Muhammad. I’m actually writing a post right now about a woman in Malaysia! It will be coming out soon. If you can’t afford my book, perhaps you can ask your library to carry it. Good to have you here. Thank you for writing!


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