A Sneak Preview of My Next Book!

It’s true! I am working on my third book. And I need your help.

Book One, Your Rainforest Mind: A Guide to the Well-Being of Gifted Adults and Youth, is the in-depth look at giftedness in adults and teens through case studies of my counseling clients along with many suggested resources for further study. Book Two, Journey into Your Rainforest Mind: A Field Guide for Gifted Adults and Teens, Book Lovers, Overthinkers, Geeks, Sensitives, Brainiacs, Intuitives, Procrastinators, and Perfectionists, is a collection of my most popular blog posts from the first four years and an easy, fun introduction to rainforest-mindedness.

Book Three will be a journal/workbook that will deepen your understanding, acceptance, and celebration of your rainforest mind through specially designed prompts, questions, exercises, inspirational quotes, and samples from my own journals. There are many good guided journals out there, and yet, none of them are designed specifically for those of you with rainforest minds.

From the introduction:

” …I will be your guide as you grapple with your fears, doubts, questions, conundrums, and mysteries. I will be here as you untangle the sticky vines and explore, examine, and revive the exuberant life force that is you. I will be your guide to recovering your strength, authenticity, and radiance; the radiance that may have been crushed under the pressures to be smartest, under the bully’s taunts, the schooling frustrations, the expectations of exemplary achievement and traditional success, the devastating loneliness, the racism, homophobia, and antisemitism, the overwhelm, the underwhelm, and the rubble of your ancestral baggage. I have included some of my own journal entries in a section at the end of the book so you know I have done quite a bit of my own untangling, a good amount of climbing out of the rubble, and some close examination and clearing of some ancestral legacies...”

Doesn’t that sound enticing??

Well. Here is where I am stuck and need your help. I don’t have a title!! I have tried out a few ideas but nothing is quite right. I need the title to be clear about what the journal is but also one that will get your attention. I need people to know this is not one of those generic every-person’s journal with the same old simple prompts and sentence starters and not enough lines for any kind of thoughtful response. Right?

So, my lovely rainforesters, get your creative minds in gear and send me your ideas! All suggestions are welcome because even if they might seem mundane to you, I might find a way to tweak them into a perfect fit. You can put them directly in the comments or email me through the contact form on the About page.

OK? I can’t wait to hear from you. If you’d like, you can also add questions and comments about what you would like to see in the book. It is still in draft form so I welcome your input. And, by the way, if you are the person who made the comment about the “twisty-turny, deep thoughty, mystical realmy” nature of the rainforest mind, let me know. I am likely to quote you in the book. It is a bit too much for the title, I think, but too fabulous to ignore.

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To my bloggEEs: Now don’t be shy. Send me your ideas soon. I know you have them! And thank you, of course, for being here. Much love to you, as always.

And, just a reminder, I will be speaking at this online conference in February. There will be a number of excellent speakers. Click here (on my affiliate link) to see the schedule and list of speakers and to register.


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Author: Paula Prober

I’m a psychotherapist and consultant in private practice based in Eugene, Oregon. I specialize in international consulting with gifted adults and parents of gifted children. I’ve been a teacher and an adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon and a frequent guest presenter at Oregon State University and Pacific University. I’ve written articles on giftedness for the Eugene Register-Guard, the Psychotherapy Networker, Advanced Development Journal and online for psychotherapy dot net, Rebelle Society, Thrive, Introvert Dear, and Highly Sensitive Refuge. My first book, Your Rainforest Mind: A Guide to the Well-Being of Gifted Adults and Youth, is a collection of case studies of gifted clients along with many strategies and resources for gifted adults and teens. 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 is a collection of my most popular blog posts along with writing exercises for self-exploration and insight.

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  1. Ascanius Avatar
    Ascanius

    “The bigger picture”
    The big picture people tend to be creative, strategic, and visionary… but they can also be messy, disorganized, and forgetful.
    The bigger picture also stands for intuitive in the mbti or for openness in the Big5. They have all the characteristics of a rainforest mind.


    1. pprober Avatar
      pprober

      Thank you for sharing. It is interesting to contemplate where a rainforest mind would fit within these other assessment models.


  2. Pär Hermansson Avatar
    Pär Hermansson

    “In A Hammock Above The Orchids”

    (Orchids = needs the right soil to grow, often rare – at least in taiga regions, sensitive to biochemical changes in the near environment, characteristic flowers etc.)

    😉


    1. pprober Avatar
      pprober

      Thank you! Orchids!


    2. Ascanius Avatar
      Ascanius

      Reminds me of the book The Orchid and the Dandelion: Why Sensitive People Struggle and How All Can Thrive, Dr W. Thomas Boyce – one of the world’s foremost researchers in the field of paediatric health – presents findings that children have two very different responses to their environments.
      Orchids are highly sensitive children and dandelions are stable children.


      1. pprober Avatar
        pprober

        Thanks for mentioning that book, Ascanius. Sounds like a lot of us would relate to it.


  3. Claar Avatar
    Claar

    Wonderful news, Paula, thanks for creating this. I see you already got quite a few suggestions around the idea of journeying/field guide. I was thinking along these lines: Wayfinding in your RFM, or Your RFM: the wayfinder’s logbook. I’m already looking forward to it.


    1. pprober Avatar
      pprober

      Thank you, Claar!


  4. Kaisa Avatar
    Kaisa

    Hi!

    Thank you for writing and bringing this book together.

    I don’t have a specific book title in mind but as you asked what we would like to see in the book, I would like to learn about accepting the fact, for example, due to underperformance/fear of failure or hiding ones talents (in order to not be bullied and to be accepted among peers) gifted teens might choose a career/ a study path that just doesn’t fit/doesn’t bring satisfaction.

    That has happened to me and it is devastating to realize how past circumstances have affected decision making at the same time with the growing appreciation to being gifted. I know where I want to go and where I want to be and who I want to become but since I am already in my adulthood I have other things to consider too (than studying). There is this fear of “Will I make it?”, “Am I going to be accepted”, “Will I be able to do all the things I could have done had my giftedness been recognized earlier/ had I grown up in a supportive environment?”, “Is it too late?”


    1. pprober Avatar
      pprober

      Thank you, Kaisa. I will be sure to see if the workbook covers this. And, just a quick note, it is never too late. I have written about this on the blog. I started blogging when I was 62!

      Oh, and, for everyone, I believe I have a title! Thank you all. 🙂


      1. Clignett Avatar
        Clignett

        Yeey!! 👏👏

        And now I’m curious! 😅🤣


        1. pprober Avatar
          pprober

          All will be revealed in good time, Clignett. 🙂


    2. Tuuli Avatar
      Tuuli

      Hi Kaisa,

      Are you, by chance, from Finland? I have the same exact experience and I think the culture and the way the schooling system is built on the idea of equality is unfavourable to the gifted children. For those interested, basic education in Finland is almost exclusively public with a uniform curriculum. The quality of the education is good, but it is designed to serve the average with the additional support for the ones struggling with learning difficulties or other issues. Giftedness is a tabu, so for the other 2% it is basically a 9-year book colouring session.

      Thank you Paula for the blog, I stop by every now and then!


      1. pprober Avatar
        pprober

        Thanks for stopping by, Tuuli!


  5. Rochelle lalala Avatar
    Rochelle lalala

    “Canopy Bound: A Workbook for Navigating Your Rainforest Mind”
    ?


    1. pprober Avatar
      pprober

      Thank you, Rochelle!


    2. renovatio06 Avatar
      renovatio06

      Personally, I love this one, sounds perfect to me!


      1. pprober Avatar
        pprober

        Thanks renovatio06.


      2. Rochelle lalala Avatar
        Rochelle lalala

        Thanks for the good word, renovatio06! I’m a musician as well- perhaps our common language causes this wording to seem pleasing? Just a theory!


  6. Neeraj Avatar
    Neeraj

    best luck for this new book. I could not generate any good idea about the title of the book. …but one thing this reminds me of is a phrase …walking the talk….and then reversing/rephrasing it…’talking about the walk’……that’s what you are trying to do.
    Hope this may trigger few more ideas in your mind.

    ( also, if you are using any traditional knowledge from india / china or other places…say about ‘energy medicine’ / somatic experience…don’t just superficially quote american/ western authors who have appropriated the knowledge…but do due diligence to find out the very original source…and give due credit to that…)


    1. pprober Avatar
      pprober

      Good point, Neeraj. I will keep that in mind.


  7. Me Avatar
    Me

    it sounds great, Paula!

    my suggestion is something along the line like:
    Journaling yourself through the jungle of your rainforest mind


    1. pprober Avatar
      pprober

      Thank you!


  8. Yalisha Case Avatar
    Yalisha Case

    something like
    Atlas of the Rainforest: step by step guide to mapping your own rainforest mind
    or
    Field guide to Your Rainforest Mind: Explore the depths and delight in the hidden wonders of your gifted nature


    1. pprober Avatar
      pprober

      Thank you, Yalisha!


  9. Kristi L Avatar
    Kristi L

    Building on other ideas here:

    Untangling the Vines: Navigating (?) the understory of your rainforest mind


    1. Kristi L Avatar
      Kristi L

      I like this even better:

      Untangling the Vines: Journaling through the understory of your rainforest mind


      1. pprober Avatar
        pprober

        Thanks, Kristi. I am appreciating all the great ideas everyone is sending. It gives me a lot to think about and play with. I am also still working on building the content and figuring out how to organize it. So, I am taking requests for topics/issues or even journaling books/sites that all of you recommend.


        1. Kristi L. Avatar
          Kristi L.

          I would love something that does lifespan integration as far as tracking the hyperfoci and passions I’ve had at different times in life, and then seeing how they have a “golden thread” that has manifested and come to fruition over time.

          Also, something to visually represent all the current hyperfoci, maybe literally a picture of 10+ vines for each month to write all the month’s deep dives and then to have that visual representation for every month.

          No pressure to do any of these, but this is what comes to mind for requests! Thank you so much for inviting feedback. I can’t wait to use this and also to order copies for rainforest like-minded people.


          1. pprober Avatar
            pprober

            Thanks, Kristi!


  10. Kristi L Avatar
    Kristi L

    Untangling the vines: ___[tbd]___________


  11. annette Avatar
    annette

    title suggestion:
    Cleaning your inner Home; grab a blanket & something warm to drink


    1. pprober Avatar
      pprober

      Thanks, Annette.


  12. Janine Avatar
    Janine

    Journal into your rainforest mind. Getting to know your complex, intense and sensitive self


    1. pprober Avatar
      pprober

      Thanks, Janine!


  13. Clignett Avatar
    Clignett

    Oh, what a wonderful thing to look forward to this year! So happy that you are writing another book (well, journal/workbook for us😀)! As Sue already asked, I’d like to pre-order as well 🤣!

    As for a title, how about something with/like “coloring in your own rainforest mind – a long and multi-layered journey”? It’s a first thought that comes to mind, needs a bit more thinking and spicing (I miss the word journal, for example).

    The thought is that the rainforest mind is colorful, intense, multi-layered, bright, loud, full of feelings and sights, beautiful, but also very dense and dark and needs (a lot of) exploring to understand. I’m struggling as well, as you can read. Just writing and thinking at the same time now..

    As for ideas for the journal/workbook itself: options to make sections in the book. Whether it be with tabs or stickers or anything, as long as it’s possible to make sections for specific entries, musings, journaling, ideas you need to explore further, anything that is helpful to easily reconnect to an earlier thought. (I’m a nerd/neurotic person/autistic even maybe, but it helps me 🤷‍♀️). Just an idea, ignore if it isn’t possible/doable/anything else 😉!


    1. pprober Avatar
      pprober

      Thanks for sharing your ideas, Clignett. It will be a while before pre-ordering. But I’ll be sure to let everyone know when that becomes an option.


      1. Clignett Avatar
        Clignett

        Another idea just popped up in my brain: “A beautiful journey, step by step private journal (re)claiming your space in the Rainforest (Mind). Take your time to find out what it means for YOU. Guided by Paula Prober.

        Again just a thought ☺️


  14. Kristen Avatar
    Kristen

    these aren’t fully formed and some build on other comments…

    shining the light in the depths of the rainforest mind
    creating/clearing a path in the rainforest mind
    exploring/navigating the rainforest mind

    Or maybe something with ‘illuminating’.

    I’m so excited for this book!


    1. pprober Avatar
      pprober

      Me, too, Kristen. Thank you!


  15. RM Avatar
    RM

    Daily workout for the Rainforest mind : a guided journaling practice towards discovery, acceptance and reviving that life force that is you.
    After reading your books back to back- glad to hear we have more to look forward to this year.


    1. pprober Avatar
      pprober

      Yes, more coming, RM. Thank you!


  16. pprober Avatar
    pprober

    Thanks everyone. This is great. Keep ’em coming!! <3


    1. Karl Avatar
      Karl

      Brain Drops: The tears of the mind that collect into the deepest pools of thought.


      1. pprober Avatar
        pprober

        Thank you.


  17. Lauramary Avatar
    Lauramary

    How about “Touching our Rainbows: discovering beauty in the soul of our rainforest mind” ?


    1. pprober Avatar
      pprober

      Thanks, Lauramary.


  18. Leafy Avatar
    Leafy

    Hi Paula, I would suggest: “Songs of the Jungle: the Rainforest Mind’s Practical Guide to a Flourishing Self” or “Songs of the Jungle: the Rainforest Mind’s Practical Guide to Self-Actualization”


  19. Nicole Avatar
    Nicole

    Paula, Just wanted to say i’m super-excited for your new book!! Your first two helped me immensely and i’m sure this third installment will be beneficial as well!


  20. Sayn Avatar
    Sayn

    Hi Paula,
    your new concept sounds amazing. I did a little brainstorm and just dumped the inside of my mind down here.
    Just pick, choose, mix and match, or disgard if it’s not what you’re looking for.

    A mapmaking guide for your rainforest mind

    Mapping and exploring your rainforest mind

    Mapping YOU (or: mapping you out, or: mapping out YOU. English is not my native language, so I don’t know what’s the right way to say this)
    Find (path)ways to love your complex and multi-layered rainforest mind

    Or: Mapping out your RFM

    Let’s dive deeply into your RFM

    Untangling the RFM
    Untangling your complex mind
    Untangling the wonders of your RFM
    It’s time to go deep into your RFM
    A wanderer’s guide (into your RFM)

    A place to be. (Because that’s what my journal is for me. You can elaborate in the subtitel about the exact purpose and audience…)

    A containter for your uncontainable mind 😉

    I think if you have something like complex of multi-layered in the (sub) title, it will be clear it’s not your average self help journal. They always tell you they have “eight simple questions that will change your life” or “get to know yourself in one minute a day”, or something.
    So tell us it’s complex, timeconsuming, deep, multilayered and difficult, and your intended audience will be targeted and curious 😉


    1. Sayn Avatar
      Sayn

      Oh dear, that layout doesn’t look like the nice list I made. 🙁
      Anything I can do about that, of is it inherent to te comment section?


    2. pprober Avatar
      pprober

      I love the inside of your mind. Thank you, Sayn!


  21. Beccy Avatar
    Beccy

    Journaling through your rainforest mind

    Or

    Journeying through your rainforest mind


  22. itssue42 Avatar
    itssue42

    Can I pre-order book right now? 😀 It sounds like just what I need to help rev my soul back up and start believing again. 🙂


    1. pprober Avatar
      pprober

      Not yet, Sue. I wish! I’m still in the writing stage but it’s getting close. I’ll announce when it’s available here for sure. Thanks for asking!


      1. BJ Avatar
        BJ

        Understory: Creating a Path Through Your Rainforest Mind


        1. BJ Avatar
          BJ

          variations:
          “Understory: Journaling Your Rainforest Mind”


          1. pprober Avatar
            pprober

            Thanks, BJ.


        2. pprober Avatar
          pprober

          Understory…hm….thank you.


  23. Jessica Miller Avatar
    Jessica Miller

    A guide to fighting your way out of the jungle or a guide to finding inner peace in the jungle.


    1. pprober Avatar
      pprober

      Thank you, Jessica!


  24. Meredith Avatar
    Meredith

    Hi! How about “A Path Through the Forest?”


    1. pprober Avatar
      pprober

      Thanks for getting the ball rolling, Meredith!


      1. Beth Avatar
        Beth

        Saving Your Rainforest – conservation of your greatest treasure, your gifted mind.


        1. pprober Avatar
          pprober

          Thanks, Beth!


        2. pprober Avatar
          pprober

          Beth, right now it is Saving Your Rainforest Mind! (subtitle to be decided). So, thank you!

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