Thrive with Michelle Winter

References and Research to Thrive

First of all, here are some recommended programmes to watch:

What is Learned Helplessness - YouTube

Homeopathic Dilution - Richard Dawkins

Homeopathy - Ben Goldacre

Confirmation Bias - YouTube

Tightrope Walker – Coues Law - Derren Brown

Power of Placebo - Horizon documentary

How we really make decisions - Horizon documentary

Fear and Faith - Religious Beliefs - Derren Brown

Fear and Faith - Placebo (Fears) - Derren Brown

Lucky Dog - Derren Brown

The Power of Believing that you can Improve - Carol Dweck

Everything you think you know about Addiction is wrong - Johann Hari

Recommended books to read:

Mindset - How You Can Fulfil Your Potential - Carole Dweck

Trick or Treatment (Alternative Medicine on Trial) - Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst

Bad Pharma - How Drug companies mislead doctors and harm patients - Ben Goldacre

Bad Science - Ben Goldacre


The Thrive Programme is all evidence based.  Click on the link to a read a paper, or (due to copyright law) where the book can be found on Amazon.  

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