This is Your Brain on Giftedness

Here is a creative challenge to tickle your imagination, taken from the just released thrilling fabulous unique guided journal written just for you. By me. Saving Your Rainforest Mind: A Guided Journal for the Curious, Creative, Smart, & Sensitive.

“Draw a picture of your brain. What’s going on in there? How would you picture the ideas, pathways, meanderings, questions, quests, feelings, thoughts, and doubts? Use many colors or media, or make it 3D. Let it be as detailed, odd, or unrealistic as you want. Maybe you have different departments. Maybe it extends into the rest of your body so you end up drawing your brain-mind-body. Is there a dance or a song that expresses this?”

Doesn’t that sound like fun? That is just the beginning! You can find other sample prompts in this post. Or you can just go and buy the darned book from this independent bookstore or from Amazon.

Why a journal? you might ask. Who has the time? you wonder. And I answer: A journal is your best friend, your nonjudgmental listener, the holder of your secrets, the processor of your intense emotions and difficult experiences, the place to explore possible futures, creative ideas, and express your inner artist, and, well, your very own always-on-call no-fee therapist. How can you resist? How can you not make the time?

I have written in journals since I was 19 and that is a very long time ago. That is lots of journals. I can look back at them and see how far I’ve come. All the angst. The rage. The fear. The story of how I made it to Oregon from Delaware when I was 29. Was I ever 29? The processing of the endings of relationships. The grieving. Self-analysis. Love poems. Memorabilia. Successes. Failures. The time I danced the tango in Paris. The exploring and experimenting with creative ideas. More angst. Lots of dialogues with my inner child and various other subpersonalities. Stories that helped me gain insight. Letters to my future boyfriend. Conversations with spiritual guides. And more.

You see? So many possibilities. Have I convinced you yet? You will find some of my own recent journal stories at the end of the book in case you want to take a peek at my twisty-turny convoluted mystical psyche. Now isn’t that tempting?

And if you are wondering what folks are saying about it, here is a delightful review from the one and only Dr. Jade Ann Rivera. (Check out her newsletter.)

“Prober’s approach shines particularly bright for curious, creative, smart, and sensitive individuals. Her understanding of the challenges and triumphs that come with these traits is evident on every page. Through a skillful blend of reflective prompts, relatable anecdotes, and expert insights, she gently guides readers toward greater self-understanding, self-acceptance, and self-celebration. What sets this journal apart is its ability to embrace complexity without overwhelming the reader. Instead of offering quick fixes or one-size-fits-all solutions, it encourages a genuine exploration of one’s inner landscape. It acknowledges the heartbreaks, struggles, and pieces of ancestral baggage that many carry while providing a roadmap to rebuild strength, authenticity, and radiance.”

And so, my dearest rainforest-minded seekers, explore your magnificent inner landscape. Find your roadmap.

Tickle your imagination.


To my bloggEEs: Thank you a million times to all of you who already have my book in your hands. If you have the time, might you write a review on Amazon? The review does not need to be perfect and you don’t have to finish the journal before you review it. (The journal is not really something easily finish-able.) And, if you are itching to show me your adorable face with the book so that I might even be able to share it on social media, well, I won’t stop you! And thank you for being here and allowing me to continue to promote my latest child book. Big love.

(Note: I’m thinking of creating a class/series of videos on different RFM topics that will be free on YouTube. Any suggestions on topics you want me to cover?)

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. Marina Avatar

    Oh, my, I do dislike drawing… but I might stitch my brain instead, in Goldwork. Yeah, that sounds great, with lots of twisted metal threads and coloured cotton strands, and some gems and tiny pearls here and there, too – it’ll shine! I love the idea, just need some extra hours in my day to go ahead with it (hahaha!)…

    1. pprober Avatar

      Ooooh. What a cool creative plan. If you do it, Marina, I want a photo!!

  2. Clignett Avatar

    I got it!! Yeey!! 🥳🥳
    Looks pretty awesome! Still need to get started, though, but I’m so glad that I received it and can hold it close! 🥰😍
    Review on Amazon will follow 😁😘

    For the suggestions:
    – how to start the conversation as an adult with the inner (abused) child that still won’t come out of her/his shell. How to reach this child, even if it’s just a start.. I’ve tried so many times, but it’s like I say or think the wrong words. I realize that this is different for everyone, but maybe you have tips on how to get started?
    – talk about the beauty of the RFM, the enrichment it gives your life. The things only we can see/hear/feel while others just walk past it. It’s not a curse, although it does feel like it sometimes..
    – how and where to find your tribe, not online, but in real life. What are the triggers/tells that can tell us the other is just another trickster? How can we be sure, without going too far in opening up to someone and having it blown back at us at some point? Are there any? Or is everyone a risk? Is this risk worth the heartache? If so, how to deal with that. How to move on without beating yourself up over and over again?
    – in line with the former, if someone doesn’t belong to your tribe, how to best remove them from your inner life circle (people/thoughts/everywhere)? I only have one option: be direct and move on. But I’m being blunt (rude some will say), because I’m too direct. Is there another way, or will it bite me in the a** if I’m not direct? (I do not understand the neurotypical as you can read..)
    – how to start a mindmap, mine is all over the place. Is that a process that will get better organized with time, or should I just let it be all over the place? Maybe I worry too much?

    Just a few thoughts that came up. I can go on and on, but I think these are the top ones that I’d like to see/hear covered. For now. I think. Maybe. 🤪

    Thank you again for the journal! It’s beautiful! 😍🥰🤩

    1. pprober Avatar

      So glad you have the book, Clignett. Thank you. I will look forward to your review. Thanks for the suggestions. Just a quick response…it is the nature of a mind map to be all over the place!

      1. Clignett Avatar

        Oh, thank you!! I really thought it should be organized and not so messy.. but I can’t seem to organize it, however I try to look at it when trying to start..
        Now I’ll just need a poster size paper 🤣🤣🤣

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