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-->''"Jules, we're supposed to write a report on the anatomy of the BRAIN! Not the anatomy of Brian."''
-->-- '''Becky'''

''[[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/ Think Before You Think]]'' is a webcomic by Sylvia Odhner. The main character, Brian, has an unusual ability to read the minds of the people around him. The comic revolves around the awkward humor that comes from Brian's {{telepathy}} and other characters finding out about it, including a very self-conscious girl named Julia, who gets a crush on Brian. This is a light-toned storyline comic, although it is more focused on the interaction of its characters than having any structured plot.


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!!''ThinkBeforeYouThink'' provides examples of:
* AgonyOfTheFeet: A lead helmet gets dropped on [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20091127 Julia's toe]].
* AllLovingHero: Brian
* BadDate: Brian and Julia's first date ends up with Julia in the hospital with food poisoning.
* BridalCarry: [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20120622-a-battle-of-heroes Brian carries Sarah like this]].
* CarMeetsHouse: Happens to Julia in a [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20100423-the-question flashback]].
* CentipedesDilemma: Julia, [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20100709-self-conscious trying to remember how to swim]] .
* CringeComedy: Much of the humor in this comic relies on embarrassing situations.
* DaydreamSurprise: Brian helps Julia in ceramics, and she gets a little [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20100402-another-stab-at-ceramics carried away.]]
* DidntThinkThisThrough: [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20090711 Julia's brain]] orders coffee without thinking about how it's going to drink it.
* DiggingYourselfDeeper: Brian gets in trouble trying to correct the [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20100108 lyrics of the song in Julia's head.]]
* DirtyMindReading inevitably happens sometimes, since Brian can't turn off his telepathy.
* DreamWithinADream: Julia wakes up from a weird dream and explains it to Brian, only to wake up again and find that that was also [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20100813 part of the dream.]]
* FacePalm: One of Julia's signature reactions when she just realized she was thinking something embarrassing.
* FallingIntoHisArms: It happens to Sarah on [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20120601-ignorance-is-bliss this page]].
* FictionalCounterpart: "Barn & Stable Books" is a book store in the background of [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20090627-indecision this comic]].
** Also the fictional store, "[[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20130823-this-is-why-you-were-s Never 22]]."
* FlashbackCut: There are many flashback cuts, usually in the form of awkward memories.
* FlashbackEffects: Flashbacks look the same as thought or fantasy panels, except they are either black and white or faded in color.
* FlippantForgiveness: Brian does this jokingly after saving Julia from drowning.
-->'''Julia:''' Sorry I almost drowned.
-->'''Brian:''' Yeah, it was all your fault. I forgive you, though.
* ForgotAboutTheMindReader: happens many times thoughout the comic. [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20090822-think-before-you-think This]] is the most notable example.
* FreudianSlip: Obviously used in the comic [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20110107-freudian-slip Freudian Slip]].
* GoingCommando: On her date, Julia accidentally mentally confesses that she [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20100923-a-tight-squeeze isn't wearing underwear.]]
* HypnoPendulum: In [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20111104-hypnotism Becky's fantasy]], Brian uses a stopwatch to hypnotize Mandi.
* HypnoticEyes: Julia imagines Becky with eyes like [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20120720-the-dark-side this]].
* ImagineTheAudienceNaked: When Julia has to give a [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20091023-presentations presentation]], she pictures the audience in their underwear, followed by other things when that doesn't work.
* InnocentInnuendo: In an attempt to help Julia get her pants on after she passes out, Brian is caught in a [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20101015-trouble-with-pants compromising position.]]
* KeepingSecretsSucks: Isaac gets annoyed with having to lie to keep [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20110422-slow-day Brian's secret.]]
* LapPillow: On [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20130301-impending-doom this page]], Julia starts out lying with her head in Brian's lap.
** Later on, Isaac comes over to interrogate Sarah, and she ends up [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20130712-testimony crying on his lap]].
* LastSecondWordSwap: In [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20101118-e-mail this comic]], Julia remembers mid-sentence that her mom is in the room and doesn't know about Brian's telepathy.
-->'''Julia''':" You KNOW what I mean, you can read my... um, e-mail."
* LikeRealityUnlessNoted: Everything in the universe is normal except for Brian's telepathy.
* LovePotion: it is revealed that Mandi desperately wants a lesbian love potion, but no one finds out why until a while later. This leads to a series of somewhat weird events.
* LuminescentBlush: Happens to Julia in several instances.
* MagicRealism: This comic is set in a normal world with the one exception that Brian can read minds.
* MindOverManners: Played with. Brian would ''like'' to let people keep their privacy, but he can't turn his power off.
* MinorInjuryOverreaction: When Julia breaks her toe, a group of random people show up at [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20091204-the-hospital the hospital]] to make a big deal about it.
* MonochromePast: Flashbacks are faded or black and white.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Sarah is jealous of Julia's relationship with Brian, and [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20130308-julia%27s-untimely-death fantasizes about killing her]].
* NonAnswer: Becky tries in vain to get Brian to tell her how he feels about Julia, but Brian [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20101224-brian-is-secretive evades her questioning.]]
* NotWearingPantsDream: Julia has a dream where she is in the coffee shop and realizes she is [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20100806-extra-foamy not wearing pants.]]
* NotWhatItLooksLike: See InnocentInnuendo above.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Brian pretends to be pretty clueless in [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20100319-of-all-the-rotten-luck order to stall a robber.]]
* OnionTears: Julia tries to explain why she looks like she has been crying by saying she was [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20100507-onions cutting up onions.]] This becomes a RunningGag.
** Brian uses this excuse [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20120113-invisible-onions later]].
* OrphanedPunchline: The beginning of [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20090815-face-your-fears this comic]].
-->'''Becky''':"...so then I thought, what am I going to do with all this spaghetti?"
* PalmOnCheekPose: Julia often uses [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20100604-a-minor-inconvenience-in-comparison this]] [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20140103-this-is-complicated pose]] when embarrassed and frustrated by Brian's mind-reading.
* PhoneyCall: Becky pretends to call Brian and Julia [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20100312-what-was-i-thinking pounces on her.]]
* PirateParrot: Brian's [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20100226-brian%27s-pirate-costume pirate costume]] includes a real parrot.
* PottyFailure: Becky and Julia get [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20090718-becky-gets-pulled-over pulled over]], and we find out later that Julia never made it to the bathroom.
* PowerIncontinence: Brian can't control his mind-reading.
* PsychicPowers
** {{Telepathy}}: Brian can read minds.
* RunningGag: Jules will never live down dumping a bucket of clay on Brian's head. The same for Brian and his "secret onions" excuse.
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: Brian announces he's going to make coffee. Becky says she doesn't hear any coffee making sounds, [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20100429-game-over so Isaac makes some.]]
* SeeingThroughAnothersEyes: Part of Brian's telepathy is that he can see images in other people's minds.
* SensorCharacter: Brian is the only character who can read minds.
* ShirtlessScene:
** Brian, in the [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20090912-whipped-cream whipped cream]] incident.
** Brian and Isaac are shirtless at the beach, and Becky [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20100702 teases Julia about it.]]
* SlippingAMickey: [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20120601-ignorance-is-bliss Happens to Sarah]].
* SorryToInterrupt: Becky walks in on Brian and Julia while they're in a compromising position, but [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20101015-trouble-with-pants it's not what it looks like!]]
** It also happens [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20130111-too-weird for real]] when Julia walks in on [[spoiler:Jason and Becky]].
* SpeakingInPanels: happens often.
* SymbolSwearing: Used multiple times in place of swearing.
* TalkingDownTheSuicidal: Brian does this with Sarah.
* ThatCameOutWrong: Brian and Julia have an awkward moment in the car where Julia thinks TooMuchInformation (that she's not wearing underwear) and Brian responds with "Hey, don't worry. I was bound to find out eventually," with the idea that it's because he can read minds and he tends to know things. [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20100923-a-tight-squeeze He has to explain what he meant.]]
* TooMuchInformation: A common theme, due to Brian's ability to hear everyone's thoughts.
* UnbelievableSourcePlot: Brian can read everybody's surface thoughts with ease and uses what he learns to help his cop best friend, Isaac, who knows about the psychic powers.
* VomitDiscretionShot: Julia [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20101001-sushi vomits off-panel]], but you can still see the vomit-shaped sound effect and the squeamish look on Brian's face.
* WebcomicTime: Subtly referred to in [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20110211-becky-sings this comic]].
-->'''Julia''': "It's like every day is several weeks long."
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