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Mildly interesting - geared to a young audience,
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I enjoy pop psychology books but I found this book a little tedious and droning at times. Some thoughts were interesting, such as identifiers being geared to influence the opinion of others versus to reassure yourself, but because the test subjects were nearly all college students I, as a person over 40, didn't find much of interest for the world that I inhabit. The author did not acknowledge that college students and that time in a person's life is unlike the bulk of an average person's existence. College and young adulthood is a time of trying out new identities, supporting causes, and learning about new social ideals, and few demands made on your time by children, aging parents, and spouses. So while it's interesting to hear about how young adults decorate their dorm rooms and how that reflects their personality it would be more interesting (to me) to visit people out of the academic milieu and learn how to make educated guesses about their personalities.
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Initial post: Aug 1, 2008 5:11:18 PM PDT
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R H Wenner says:
Au contraire--at 60, I can look back at the way I and my friends tended to dress and decorate our rooms and dorms. The underlying tastes seem not to have changed for most of us, though the expressions of these tastes tend to change with the times, until or unless an individual "finds" their own definitive style (whether formal or informal, modernist or traditionalist ) which then stays constant for much of their life afterward. As the poet Richard Eberhard defined it: "Style is the consistancy of a point of view."
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