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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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Eye opening...

Often stories are devastating. I so appreciated hearing aspects from behind the scenes that gave me a hook to expect that maybe some of these people are reachable or salvageable if enough people care to remain open to the circumstances that ignite such horrific moments of history.

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Eye-opening

Simply loved; it provided concise and simple concepts to better understand some of the ideas and emotions that went through mg mind as a teenager. Highly recommend to anybody counseling with teenagers, young adults or anyone of all ages.

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Please make more!

I love this series so much! Neuroscience is a hobby of mine, and as a mom of 2 young teens, the insights I’ve acquired from this collection are going to improve the way I parent. Highly recommend to anyone, especially parents of young adults.

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Very Thought provoking podcast 🤔

Each one is unique & each is a story unto itself hopefully a lesson for others 😉

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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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  • samsararose
  • 2020-02-04

Thought provoking!

Delves deeply into what it means to be a teenager and how the mind "set"of a teenager can effect their behavior which in turn affects their whole lives. Helps us understand how the kids we love can do the unthinkable. Lot of Social Issues here presented in a non-biased rational way because the focus remains on the well being our children and not the "issue" as per se. With current and potential solutions that are not cure-alls but feasibly can truly help us adults help the kids we love - it's a thumbs up listen!

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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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  • 1hempgigidotcom
  • 2020-01-17

Teenagers mind

I hope It opens your eyes up on respond to their actions. I wish the best.

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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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  • 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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  • 2020-08-27

Very interesting!

It’s interesting to hear what the teenagers think and also the medical explanations, also the stories are unique and make great cases of study.

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  • amwaldhauser
  • 2020-08-20

Fascinating

Really interesting story presented from a unique perspective. The subject matter intrigued me because I have a daughter who is approaching adolescence, and I want to better understand her brain.

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  • Mom.of.3
  • 2020-07-20

Informative and helpful

Parenting is hard. Having this window into a teens mind is helpful for me. I don't feel alone or judged. They do interviews of the teens and some parents. making it clear how and (maybe) why teens do what they do.