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What Were You Thinking?

Length: 3 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (75 ratings)

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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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Worth considering.

I can imagine this happening to a lot of young people who are just trying to make a difference in the world & belong, but become misled in the process.

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exploring Ideas

asked questions and explores ideas that are interesting in a balanced way. while also presenting the people involved as real humans

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ear opening stories about adolescent brain and actions.worth listening to

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Eye opening

Really insightful especially understanding a little bit more about our brains as adolescents. My daughter is turning 12 and I often find myself wondering how I was at that age. I think we all have to have this awareness that our kids are so much a part of our collective future, not just our small individual families. I really enjoyed these episodes thank you

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thought prevoking

an interesting and thoughtful series on how it can go so very wrong with developing brains and how society should be responding to this very preventable crisis and how some communities/societies are responding and reducing the damage.

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Interesting variety

Interesting series with a nice variety of topics that are very current at the moment. Nice to listen to an episode on tge way to work.

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A great listen!

I found the series quite monotonous. It covered very interesting topics and I would recommend the series to the listener.

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Very good

An inspiring review of issues and preventative measures to global problems that should be listened to by policy makers, parents and young adults alike.

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  • Jerry
  • 24-02-2018

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
  • 30-01-2018

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
  • 03-11-2018

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
  • 20-11-2019

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
  • 14-09-2019

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
  • 05-09-2019

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.
  • 27-07-2019

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
  • 25-06-2019

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
  • 30-05-2019

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
  • 07-02-2019

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.

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  • Ms. Anna C. Gleave
  • 04-05-2018

Fascinating

A really interesting listen - I only wish it could be made into a book. Temple-Raston manages to make complex material accessible to all. Everyone should know about the teenage brain, especially those involved in education, criminology and adolescent mental health.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-02-2019

fascinating and insightful audible documentary

loved it. Well read. thoughtful and really interesting good reading for every adult working with children, every parent and all children

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-11-2019

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Great for anyone struggling. Easy to listen and finish. Helpful for teens and parents, too.

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  • Nicky Ramone
  • 03-11-2019

Very interesting

A good presenter, interesting themes, good editing, good analysis. A very worthwhile read/listen. I would gladly listen to a second series.

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  • Duncan Williamson
  • 27-10-2019

Interesting and alternative view

Most of us write off the people discussed in this book as scumbags. This book takes us in, for me at least, a new direction: the development of the adolescent brain.

It is a serious book with a complex narrative. There are stories that will illicit sympathies and some that absolutely will not.

I listened to the book in the car, the living room, my office, walking beside a busy road, the kitchen and while in bed. Sometimes, I suffered from distractions and noise pollution. I didn't catch everything.

Still, there is enough in this book to alert every parent, teacher, friend to the notion that what youngsters do is not always under their own control.

An excellent book told and narrated extremely well.

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  • MissMonster
  • 27-09-2019

Open your mind .

I listened to each episode back to back & was hooked. A very interesting series. Really well put together.

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  • Freckers
  • 26-08-2019

Hugely interesting

Excellent series, and highly relevant to those who have work with/have children or who have an interest in any sort of child psychology. That said, I would recommend to all!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-02-2019

Interesting approach and information

While I enjoyed this as someone old enough to be a mother, I thought playing it in Highschool could actually do a world of good.

Dina got some “big name” guests and I really enjoyed this series