Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You

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Do the things on your desk betray the thoughts on your mind? Does your dining room d?cor carry clues to your character? Award-winning psychologist Sam Gosling has dispatched teams of scientific investigators to poke around bedrooms and offices, check out iPods, and peek at personal websites?to see what can be learned about us simply from looking at our belongings. What he has discovered is intriguing: When it comes to the most essential components of our personality?from friendliness and flexibility to openness ...
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Overview


Do the things on your desk betray the thoughts on your mind? Does your dining room décor carry clues to your character? Award-winning psychologist Sam Gosling has dispatched teams of scientific investigators to poke around bedrooms and offices, check out iPods, and peek at personal websites—to see what can be learned about us simply from looking at our belongings. What he has discovered is intriguing: When it comes to the most essential components of our personality—from friendliness and flexibility to openness and originality—the things we own and the way we arrange them can say more about who we are than even our most intimate conversations.

Packed with original research and a wealth of fascinating stories, Snoop is a captivating guide to our not-so-secret selves, and reveals how intensely connected we are to the places in which we live and work.

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Editorial Reviews

Jay Dixit
Gosling's conclusions are supported by rigorous academic research, but his engaging book is aimed at a popular audience; he presents it as a field guide to the "special brand of voyeurism" he calls "snoopology." Few readers may actually rummage through their neighbors' garbage in search of what Gosling dryly calls "behavioral residue," but Snoop's conceit makes for an entertaining tour of how people project their inner selves outward into the world.
—The Washington Post
Library Journal

Gosling's (psychology, Univ. of Texas) first book will captivate those who like the CBS drama Criminal Minds or the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In it, he examines how we use space-be it a dorm room, a house, a desk, or an office cubicle-to project as well as to protect our identities. Gosling contends that all humans leave behind "psychological footprints" and "behavioral residue" in their abodes. Throughout, he uses the "Big Five" model of personality, often remembered by the mnemonic OCEAN-Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism-as his interpretive framework. Upon finishing this book, readers will surely pay more attention to their and others' cars, tattoos, posters, MP3 playlists, and books for what they can intentionally or unintentionally reveal about the psyche. Gosling's work, reminiscent of Martha Stout's The Sociopath Next Door in its vivid, true-to-life portraits of people and places, is a unique blend of scholarly research and accessible vignettes. Expect future books from this young scholar, whose storytelling skills prove he's capable of bridging the gap between ivory-tower dwellers and street denizens. Recommended for academic as well as public libraries.
—C. Brian Smith

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465013821
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 5/12/2009
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 161,935
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Sam Gosling, PhD, is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. His work has been featured in the New York Times and Psychology Today, on NPR, Nightline, and Good Morning America, and his research is featured in Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink. He is the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology. He lives in Austin, Texas.

www.samgosling.com

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Table of Contents


Prologue: The Arrival of the Mystery Box     1
Less Than Zero Acquaintance     9
OCEAN's Five     33
Getting to Know You     55
Belgian Sleuths and Scandinavian Seabirds     75
Jumpers, Bumpers, Groovers, and Shakers     87
Space Doctoring     113
In Defense of Stereotypes     137
When Good Judgments Go Bad     167
Like a Super Snooper     187
An Office and a Gentleman     203
Bringing It Home     219
Acknowledgments     229
Notes     233
Index     251
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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    Good food for thought

    At the beginning it sounds like "Look, this person has a surfboard in his garage and a bicycle and shoes for hiking..mmmm...let me think...this person must be somebody that likes the outdoor!" but then, If you keep reading, the author gives nice cues and food for thought. When a book gives at least one new thought to think about, it's a good book. And this one is entertaining and interesting. It goes further than the title and the common sense might suggest.

    (I apologize for my English, it's not my native language).

    Nic

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

    Very Informative

    Snoop has interesting revelations about our possessions.

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