This self-help book will actually make a difference. Unique and interesting, it explores how our mind can change our body.
The Expectation Effect by David Robson explores the cutting-edge science of how mindset shapes every part of our life. We all know about the placebo effect in drugs, but did you know that sham heart surgeries are just as effective as placing real stents? Or that people who believe ageing brings wisdom live longer?
The expectation effect is essentially a big old placebo – seeing isn’t believing, but believing is seeing. Sounds a little crazy and far-fetched? Science writer David Robson walks us through the evidence to back it all up, with genuinely amazing case studies.
At the end of each chapter, Robson breaks down the practical takeaways of all the research and real case studies presented to help us improve our fitness, productivity, intelligence and happiness. Here’s an example from the chapter on intelligence, learning and creativity:
If you are a teacher or manager, try to think about the ways your own behaviours may be transmitting your expectations to others, both verbally and non-verbally. You may not be conscious of your body language or tone of voice, so it could be helpful either to ask an outside observer to watch your interactions or to film yourself interacting with your students or colleagues.
Rooted in science and evidence, this self-help book will convince you to consider your state of mind and the power your brain has over the outcome of our reality. Out of all the self-help books I’ve read, this is the only one that has genuinely made a difference in how I approach the world and has stuck with me over time.
If you want to do any self-improvement this 2023 or looking for an interesting science/psychology read – add The Expectation Effect by David Robson to your list.
This book is on Kindle and available from Amazon or Waterstones. You can also pop into local Pigeon Books on Albert Road and request for them to order for you.
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