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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Jerry
  • 24-02-18

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
  • 04-02-20

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
  • 30-01-18

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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  • Carolyn
  • 17-01-20

Teenagers mind

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

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  • Rys Gueroult
  • 20-11-19

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
  • 14-09-19

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.
  • 27-07-19

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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  • paul corey
  • 20-06-21

Understanding more

Suicide most tragic, mindfulness most inspiration, using books to help one understand black lives matter .

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  • Sara Grant
  • 03-02-21

great listen

I was very interested and loved listening to the individuals talk about thier stories.. I just want more..

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-08-20

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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  • Ms. Anna C. Gleave
  • 04-05-18

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
  • 15-02-19

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-08-20

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This made me think twice on how my kids must look at life and how hard it is for them in today society. The knowledge this audio gives you is fantastic and give you different angels on how the brain works. I will try to bring up my kids that little bit differently how I would normally do and to look more into each kids mind set when having out bursts or why they doing what they are doing out of the ordinary.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-07-21

Worth listening to.

I found this really interesting and informative without being over indulgent. We'll put forward. Definitely worth a listen.

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  • Benjamin
  • 12-05-21

Helpful for those wondering how our minds work

I wasn't sure this book was for me at first, but I started to listen to it and I am sure I need to listen to it a few more times. It is very interesting for those open to understanding more on our minds and how they work but also how our minds develop and change.
Well worth a listen without distractions.

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  • E H E jackson
  • 20-03-21

Really interesting!

Wanted there to be more episodes. Fascinating area of study and so important! Thank you

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  • Heidi
  • 10-03-21

Insightful

Great topics raised and so insightful. Some really important aspects of teen life being discussed and importantly for today's teens. The rise of social media as an influence in teen thinking is particularly vital when discussing their actions. To hear some of the stories of people now they are older and how their lives have been changed by a decision they made in their teens is valuable information for teens to hear.

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  • Lilyjp
  • 07-11-20

Very interesting

As a school teacher, often wonder what kids are thinking. This was very useful and informative

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  • 12-07-20

A++++++ 5*

As a mum of 3 adolescent boys, this should be REQUIRED LISTENING.

Prompted me to call my struggling monster and he came over for a visit. Very helpful indeed.

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  • Samuel
  • 27-02-20

Great findings

I'd recommend this as Dina's diving into trending adolescence topics from a different angle and perspective.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-02-20

FYI

Just and FYI, as an Australian I noticed you used the term Aborigine in the last episode, this term has racial connotations and is no longer used. The correct term is Aboriginal.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-20

Brilliant

As an ADHD coach I connect with many parents and their children about what their kids/ selves are thinking... this has an abundance of useful and insightful information for parents /adolescents and professionals who want to learn and know more about this area of Psychological wellness.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-08-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-01-21

Really interesting

Really interesting content and probably worth a listen if you have kids or work/engage with adolescents.

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  • 15-11-19

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-08-19

ear opening stories

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-08-19

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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  • Rights21
  • 08-05-18

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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  • Marjolein De Vries
  • 20-03-19

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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  • Kathy Burns
  • 03-09-19

A great listen!

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