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What Were You Thinking?

Written by: Dina Temple-Raston
Length: 3 hrs
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Journalist Dina Temple-Raston shares the stories of adolescents who made astonishing choices - from joining ISIS to planning a school shooting - that led to disastrous results. To help understand what they were thinking, she talks with friends, family, and the teens themselves. Plus, she dives into the latest science on adolescent brains to explore innovative ways to help them choose more wisely.

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Really like the content

I really enjoyed this show. It was engaging. Interesting content. I hope there is more episodes. And that the even get extended a little bit to include more content. I found I was interested to know more about the people involved and learn their stories even more. Could easily listen for double the time.

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Mind Boggling

Highly recommend this audio book! Honestly it really opens your mind to new perspectives and provides an understanding to why the developing mind may lead to certain decisions. For example the first chapter opened my mind to why youth may join gangs/terrorist groups due to a sense. Each chapter focuses on different concepts and it was very interesting while increasing the curiosity of the developing brain.

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Really insightful.

I have enjoyed this fully. I actually wish I had heard it when my own children were teens. Really interesting and give you a new perspective.

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So smart and insightful!

Loved it! Listened to it heading to, and leaving work. The comment "suicide is meaningless unless they know why", like a ton of bricks to the chest.

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  • Jerry
  • 2018-02-24

Awesome examples, some education

I love this series, loaded with fabulous interviews and in depth examples of kids led astray by their unformed brains. But I already knew that kids do crazy things. I know I did. These interviews entertained with in-depth examples. I thought the biggest value of these stories was the interspersed neurology research. I would have liked more of that. Having said that, I loved the posts and hope to see more.

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  • Steve Davis
  • 2018-01-30

Outstanding!

If you could sum up What Were You Thinking? in three words, what would they be?

Absolutely! What Were You Thinking connects the social and scientific considerations of how young adults are shaped by their surroundings in our ever-changing world.

Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

Dina does a wonderful job drawing you into the story and engaging her audience.

Any additional comments?

Wish there were more episodes!

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  • emt
  • 2018-11-03

Amazing

If you have kids or work with them, this is fantastic work. She consults experts and interviews kids going through extremely tough issues. It’s definitely worth a listen.

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  • Maria Gueroult
  • 2019-11-20

just wow

the amount of information that all these stories had. just blew my mind. thank you for all of this.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-09-14

A MUST for parents and educators!

Super informative, often surprising and a few times even shocking. Worthy of multiple listens. I couldn't stop sharing what I'd learned with my husband and friends.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-09-05

not worth it

it's about important topics but the narrator is super annoying and doesn't do a great job of telling the story

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  • Margaret F.
  • 2019-07-27

The teenage brain

If you have a teenager or will soon or were puzzled about teen behavior listen to these.
You are not alone

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  • nora
  • 2019-06-25

Boring!!

i struggled to listen to all of this book!! I do not want to finish hearing all of this and I would like to remove this from my device but audiobooks won't let me unless I finish reading all of it!! what's up with that!!!

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  • Renee Kellerman
  • 2019-05-30

This NEEDS to be every parents primer for teens

This NEEDS to be every parents primer for children who will become teens...specifically young boys.

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  • Bonnie A
  • 2019-02-07

Required for all teachers

As a former teacher, we only touched briefly on how minds develop. This is information I wish I had before entering my first classroom. The topics are not easy to listen to but do reflect what teens are thinking and how they respond. More importantly, the program also offers solutions.

You may not agree with some of the topics but it is worth the listen, especially if you are a teacher, going to be a teacher or work with those between 13 and 24.