• What Were You Thinking?

  • By: Dina Temple-Raston
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (290 ratings)

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What Were You Thinking?

By: Dina Temple-Raston
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Caught by the FBI, Abdullahi was more scared of his parents.
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Dina talks dopamine with help from well-fed rats.
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Reflecting on the victims of a teen suicide contagion.
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Private thoughts of a teen kicking his addiction.
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A bullied teen’s deadly revenge still feels surreal.
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Life is full of questions & teen brains want answers.
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  • Ep. 1: Band of Brothers
  • Caught by the FBI, Abdullahi was more scared of his parents.
  • Ep. 2: Being Worthy
  • Dina talks dopamine with help from well-fed rats.
  • Ep. 3: After Riley
  • Reflecting on the victims of a teen suicide contagion.
  • Ep. 4: Virtually Addicted
  • Private thoughts of a teen kicking his addiction.
  • Ep. 5: You're Not Alone
  • A bullied teen’s deadly revenge still feels surreal.
  • Ep. 6: It Isn't Spirituality, It's Neuroscience
  • Life is full of questions & teen brains want answers.

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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Very impressive

Every teenager & their parents should listen to this. I was impressed by the content & the work put into each article. Thank you!

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Some better than others

Some stories had me struggling with understanding the dialogue.
Thank you for the series. Important.

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If you work with Teens

This is a must listen!!
Beautifully presented - clear and important information. If you are parenting a teen or teaching them, these episodes are discussion starters! Highly recommended!

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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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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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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.

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Every parent needs to read this!

Extremely insightful. suddenly it's a little easier to understand why teenagers do what they do.

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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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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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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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