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Snoop: What Your Stuff Says about You New Science of Snooping


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ISBN13: 9780465027811
ISBN10: 0465027814
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Does what’s on your desk reveal what’s on your mind? Do those pictures on your walls tell true tales about you? And is your favorite outfit about to give you away? For the last ten years psychologist Sam Gosling has been studying how people project (and protect) their inner selves. By exploring our private worlds (desks, bedrooms, even our clothes and our cars), he shows not only how we showcase our personalities in unexpected-and unplanned-ways, but also how we create personality in the first place, communicate it others, and interpret the world around us. Gosling, one of the field’s most innovative researchers, dispatches teams of scientific snoops to poke around dorm rooms and offices, to see what can be learned about people simply from looking at their stuff. What he has discovered is astonishing: when it comes to the most essential components of our personalities-from friendliness to flexibility-the things we own and the way we arrange them often say more about us than even our most intimate conversations. If you know what to look for, you can figure out how reliable a new boyfriend is by peeking into his medicine cabinet or whether an employee is committed to her job by analyzing her cubicle. Bottom line: The insights we gain can boost our understanding of ourselves and sharpen our perceptions of others. Packed with original research and fascinating stories, Snoop is a captivating guidebook to our not-so-secret lives.


In 1942, as the United States was entering World War II, the Office of Strategic Services — the precursor to today's CIA — was scrambling to find promising spies to go behind enemy lines. One of the aptitude exams it developed was the Belongings Test, in which candidates had to draw conclusions about a man based purely on items in his bedroom: clothes, a timetable, a ticket receipt.

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A provocative and witty look at how our private spaces-from boardroom to bedroom-reveal our personalities, whether we know it or not

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Sam Gosling is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. He has spent the last decade conducting research on how personality is expressed and perceived in everyday contexts. He has been profiled by the New York Times, Psychology Today, and other publications, and he is featured in Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink. This is his first book. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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Cheri, July 24, 2009 (view all comments by Cheri)
What does your bathroom, office, bedroom or quorks say about you? How do you rate on the OCEAN scale of openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness and neuroticism? Find out this and so much more in this book called “Snoop”. Learn how to be a snooper to snoop out a person you’ve just met, a first date or even old friend s. See how little clues about yourself or someone else can give away so much.
Author Sam Gosling takes you on a remarkable journey in the how-tos of becoming a snooper. This is an easy to read guide into the scientific tests used to understand people on a bigger scale. Amazingly, even though written by a college professor, this book does not read like a text book which is one of the excellent great points about this book. Even though it doesn’t read like a textbook this book would still be perfect for a classroom study or individual studies in the world of human behavior.
Gosling is not a novice to this idea but has been researching the human traits for ten years. Using such tests as OCEAN, Test of Familiarity or OCQ Over-Claiming Questionnaire and Self-Deceptive Enhancement as well as working with other professors, scientists and students have proven that even in the secret lives of bedroom closets, under beds, messy or not desks, web pages, or even handshakes just about everything about our everyday lives can tell others who we really are.
So bottom line this is an outstanding read whether for research or just plain fun check out “Snoop” and become a super snooper!
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Erin Golsen, November 10, 2008 (view all comments by Erin Golsen)
This is an enjoyable, highly readable look into how we perceive others and whether those perceptions have any basis in reality. What does your CD collection, your inspirational poster, or your messy desk tell others about you?
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What Your Stuff Says About You
Basic Books
Gosling, Sam
Social perception
Psychological aspects
Mental health
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Personal belongings - Psychological aspects
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9.25 x 6.13 in 18.5 oz

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