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Your Rainforest Mind: A Guide to the Well-Being of Gifted Adults and Youth Paperback – June 20, 2016
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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.
~Linda Silverman, Director of Gifted Development Center and author of "Giftedness 101"
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.
~Tom Clynes, author of "The Boy Who Played with Fusion"
About the Author
Paula Prober, M.S., M.Ed. is a licensed counselor in private practice in Eugene, Oregon. Over the 30+ years she has worked with the gifted, she has been a teacher, consultant, adjunct instructor with the University of Oregon, and a guest presenter at Pacific University and Oregon State University. She has taught sessions on gifted adults and on parenting gifted children at conferences and webinars. Presently, she is counseling gifted adults and youth and consulting with parents of gifted children. She has written articles on giftedness for the "Eugene Register-Guard," the "Psychotherapy Networker," "Advanced Development Journal" and the "Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association." She blogs about gifted adults and parenting gifted children at rainforestmind.wordpress.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Anyone with a gifted child or a history of unusual or advanced intellect should read this book right away. You will find your previous assumptions challenged and identity redefined. You will experience relief and expansion as you integrate this rich view point. Reading the in-depth case histories will give you an experience of membership in the Rainforest Tribe.
As a professor of gifted education, I was always looking for the best resources to expand my students’ hearts and minds about gifted people. I certainly would have required this book for my courses on "Introduction to Gifted Education" and "Social and Psychological Foundations of Gifted Children."
What makes Prober's work seminal is that it includes the stories and voices of her clients, it provides a wealth of valuable resources, and it has the potential of having a significant impact on gifted adults, and on the parents of gifted children.
The stories of Prober's clients are so compelling, I am grateful to be able to learn from them, and I know many readers will now hope to find a therapist who connects so deeply with their rainforest minds.
Paula covers the wide range of typical issues that plague gifted people, such as anxiety, procrastination, neurotic perfectionism, hypersensitivity, extreme empathy, high idealism, existential depression, relational trouble, isolation and loneliness, bullying, career boredom, and in more severe cases, attempting suicide. In each case, she gives an example of a client struggling with the issue and details how they worked through it together in therapy sessions; and she gives ample food-for-thought and resources to help readers combat or resolve those same issues in our own lives. Her characteristic eclectic, warm, and far-reaching style goes from family systems therapy, to research on motivation and creativity, to giftedness research, to spirituality, to somatic experiencing, and on and on. It crosses so many domains that readers 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.
She also presents the common dilemma of the gifted person who is stymied in their search for help from a non-gifted therapist or coach, emphasizing how a therapist should look for the difference between intellectual understanding and emotional understanding in gifted clients, and pay attention to going at the right speeds for clients in the various domains (intellectual, emotional, physical, etc.). Her book is a huge shout out to the world of the immense value of specialized therapy and support for gifted people.
It is obvious reading Paula’s work why she was made for helping gifted people, why her presence and her work strike such a chord with gifted people of all ages all over the world, and why people eagerly await her contributions. She is a model for us all – helping professionals working with gifted people and gifted people ourselves. Should we all be like her when we are celebrating almost 40 years of work well done, we should all be grateful and proud. Thank you Paula.