The Science

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Tony Robbins events create lasting results, backed by science

A study from Stanford University's Snyder Lab of Genetics revealed lasting benefits for Tony Robbins event attendees.

Meet the researchers

  • Michael Snyder, Ph.D, FACS

    Michael Snyder, Ph.D, FACS

    Chair, Stanford University Dept. of Genetics

    Dr. Snyder received his Ph.D training at the California Institute of Technology and carried out postdoctoral training at Stanford University. He is a leader in the field of functional genomics and proteomics, and one of the major participants of the ENCODE project.

  • Benjamin Rolnik

    Benjamin Rolnik

    Director, Healthcare Innovation Lab at Stanford University

    As the Director of Stanford’s Healthcare Innovation Lab (SHIL), Ben and the SHIL team are bridging the gap between technology and medicine on a mission to transform healthcare. Their goal is to make personalised, precision healthcare an affordable reality for all.

  • Ariel Ganz, Ph.D

    Ariel Ganz, Ph.D

    Stanford University School of Medicine

    Ariel Bacaner Ganz is a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University in the Snyder Lab, Department of Genetics in the School of Medicine researching effective strategies for happiness and well-being, and how psychological changes can alter health on a molecular level. She holds a doctoral degree from Cornell University and has published across diverse research fields including mental health, nutrition, and precision medicine.

  • Dr. Jacob Wilson, Ph.D

    Dr. Jacob Wilson, Ph.D

    CEO, Applied Science and Performance Institute

    Dr. Jacob Wilson is a researcher and CEO of Applied Science and Performance Institute. With over 250 peer- reviewed papers, book chapters and abstracts. Dr. Wilson has focused his research on the cellular, molecular, and whole body changes which impact health and human longevity.

Finding #1

Date with Destiny is more effective in treating depression than traditionally studied treatments

  • Drug therapy

    Only 40% respond to drug treatments for anxiety and depression.

    According to metastudies (studies that combine and analyze all discoverable results), only about 40% of people respond to treatments for anxiety and depression, and of those that do, they only show an average of 50% improvement in their symptoms. Some studies have even shown response rate to be as little as 33%.*

    * Rush AJ, Warden D, Wisniewski SR, et al. STAR*D: revising conventional wisdom. CNS Drugs. 2009.

    * Kudlow PA, McIntyre RS, Lam RW. Early switching strategies in antidepressant non-responders: current evidence and future research directions. CNS Drugs. 2014.

  • Psilocybin-assisted therapy

    54% of those studied were declared to be depression-free 30 days later.

    One of the greatest breakthroughs in the treatment of depression up until now has been psilocybin assisted therapy.

    A recent breakthrough in the treatment of depression therapy from Johns Hopkins University showed that psilocybin (the psychedelic ingredient in “magic” mushrooms) combined with 4 weeks of supportive psychotherapy produced a groundbreaking result: 54% of those studied were no longer depressed 30 days later.

    “The magnitude of the effect we saw was about four times larger than what clinical trials have shown for traditional antidepressants on the market.”

    Dr. Alan Davis, Ph.D, Assistant professor of psychology at Johns Hopkins

  • Tony Robbins event: Date With Destiny

    100% of those studied were declared to be in remission 30 days later.

    Mirroring the structure of the study done with psilocybin, but without drugs, Stanford Genetics Lab conducted a controlled study at a Tony Robbins Date with Destiny event. Of the participants that were clinically depressed before the seminar, 30 days after the event, 100% of study participants who were depressed were in remission, and their average improvement was 87.2%. No drugs, and only 6 days of time. Additionally, at the beginning of the study, 17% of participants experienced suicidal thoughts. One month after Date with Destiny, none of the participants reported suicidal thoughts!

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“I’ve been doing research for almost 20 years and have published almost 300 papers. I’ve never seen anything like this. The results are absolutely incredible.”

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Dr. Jacob Wilson

Ph.D, co-author of breakthrough study on Unleash the Power Within

Finding #2

Study participants report a 50% increase in positive emotions + a 70% decrease in negative emotions


Negative emotions

Study participants also reported a 70% decrease in negative emotions like loneliness, sadness, anger, stress and anxiety.


Positive emotions

One month after their event, study participants still experienced a +50% increase in positive emotions like life satisfaction, inner strength and well-being. In addition, they reported feeling happier and more satisfied in their relationships.

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Yamile McBride

Attended Unleash the Power Within

"My husband and I have also been able to transform our toxic relationship—we were binge drinking, depressed, and we hated each other. Literally during UPW I realized if I continued that behavior, in 20 years I would have diabetes, my legs would be cut off and my husband would probably be dead. We changed in that moment. Now, our relationship is strong, we have a gorgeous baby girl and I took my business to a whole new level!"


Study participants saw a 38% decrease in anxiety during the pandemic, even 11 months later, while the baseline showed a 28% increase.

These findings are not outliers and they are not fair-weather statistics. This study was conducted over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic – a time when, among the general population, loneliness increased, depression increased, and life satisfaction decreased. But these results show that the skills participants master at Unleash the Power Within help them navigate even the toughest, most challenging times in their lives with greater emotional fitness and resiliency.


Non event guests saw 28% increased anxiety


Tony Robbins events guests saw 38% reduction in anxiety

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Finding #4

Tony Robbins event participants experienced a physiological shift that created a measurable change and lasting effect


Increase in cognitive performance

300% improvement in the ability to cognitively retrain beliefs and attitudes, reprioritize need states, and increase intrinsic motivation and fulfillment—a result sustained 30 days later!


Increase in learning hormones, with 100% retention

159% increase in hormones known to boost learning—with 100% retention 30 days later.


Increase in performance biochemistry

139% Increase in testosterone to cortisol ratio—known as an index of readiness to perform and is reflective of a signature biochemical marker of achievement.


Findings showed that Tony’s events create unique physiological, biochemical, and psychological effects that create transformative lasting results.

Take a deeper dive

Findings showed that Tony’s events create unique physiological, biochemical, and psychological effects that create transformative lasting results.

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Rosemary German

Attended Unleash the Power Within

"For a long time, I suffered feeling like a bad daughter, and I blamed my parents for our disconnection. Until I went to UPW, and Tony taught me that the root of all my suffering was in my focus. When I stopped focusing on myself and really stepped into my parents’ world with love and compassion, our relationship flourished. Thank you Tony Robbins for the amazing gift you gave to my family."

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