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Snoop - by Sam Gosling (Paperback)

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  • Does what's on your desk reveal what's on your mind?
  • About the Author: Sam Gosling, PhD, is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • 272 Pages
  • Psychology, Mental Health


About the Book

For the last 10 years, psychologist Gosling has been studying how people project, and protect, their inner selves. Now he looks at what can be learned about people simply from looking at their stuff; what he has discovered is astonishing.

Book Synopsis

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.

Review Quotes

"Gosling is the rarest of authors--a superb behavioral scientist who is as funny as he is smart. One of his great contributions is giving us fresh insight into what makes each of us who we are."-Dan P. McAdams, author of "The Redemptive Self"

""Snoop" isn't conventional self-help. Instead, the psychology professor a the University of Texas-Austin draws on academic research to explain how to look at other people's stuff - music, CD's, books, personal websites, posters, email usernames - and figure out who they are in terms of five traits: openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism."-"USA Today"

.,."charming and well written...readable and practical guide to understanding the people around you."-"New Scientist"

"Gosling's research addresses some fierce debates in academic psychology, and makes them lively and accessible to general readers in "Snoop,""-"Times Higher Education Supplement"

"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."-"Library Journal," starred review

"Gosling, a psychology professor, shows us how the bits and pieces of our everyday lives can reveal more than we ever imagined. Did you know that the stuff you keep on your desk can tell a shrewd observer not just your likes and dislikes, but also your political leanings, your sexual interests, your fears, even your secret self-image (as opposed to the version of yourself you present to the world)?"-"Booklist"

"The basic premise behind "Snoop" is that you can tell an awful lot about a person based on their apartment; their work space; their favorite music; their style of dress - even their trash. (Gosling approvingly quotes Ward Harrison, a professional scavenger who made a career rummaging through the trash of celebs, who once said, "Garbage is a window into the soul.") This thesis puts "Snoop" firmly in "Blink" or "Freakonomics" territory."-"New York Post"

""Snoop" is a tour de force! It's one of the smartest and most original books I've come across in a long time. I devoured it and then rushed over to clean up my desk and change my iPod playlist."-Richard Florida, author of "The Rise of the Creative Class" and "Who's Your City?"

"Grounded in first-rate science, "Snoop" is an entertaining page-turner and a must read for anyone who wants to learn about the cutting edge of psychological research."-Eric Abrahamson, coauthor of "A Perfect Mess"

"Hugely enjoyable and insightful...Gosling has produced the perfect combination of rigorous research and lightness of prose to create a book that will transform every reader into a super snooper."-Richard Wiseman, author of "Quirkology"

"I love this book. The content is fascinating, and Gosling presents it with great style and clarity. He teaches you to find clues about people in the most unlikely places--from the clutter in their closets to the smiles on their faces. If you want to know what your stuff really says about you, read "Snoop,""-Jonathan Haidt, author of "The Happiness Hypothesis"

"If you are looking for a lover, a job, a new house, or a serial killer, "Snoop" is for you. It's great science and a fun read by a world-renowned personality researcher."-James W. Pennebaker, author of "Opening Up and Writing to Heal"

"Sam Gosling is an engaging writer, a brilliant psychologist, and a charming individual--and he must never, ever be allowed inside my office!"-Mary Roach, author of "Stiff and Bonk"

About 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.
Dimensions (Overall): 8.2 Inches (H) x 5.4 Inches (W) x .8 Inches (D)
Weight: .5 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 272
Genre: Psychology
Sub-Genre: Mental Health
Publisher: Basic Books
Format: Paperback
Author: Sam Gosling
Language: English
Street Date: May 1, 2009
TCIN: 11322350
UPC: 9780465013821
Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-1471
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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