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Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You Paperback – May 12, 2009
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"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"
"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"
"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"
""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?"
"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"
"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"
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I finally had to stop reading it when the author actually asserted that everyone's refrigerator basically contains the same stuff so you cannot really learn anything about people from this. Are you serious? This suggest to me the author's work is confined to a single university, single culture, single socio-economic group, and as such is incredibly limited in its reach.
I really, really wanted to love this book.
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If you're interested in behavior or in other people this book may tell you a lot.Published 1 month ago by Finance guy
I find this book very dull, boring, and really did not tell me anything that is new..actually..nothing new to anyone because some of the matters are obviously observed.. Read morePublished 4 months ago by David Ip
Finally got around to reading the book. Loved it. - - makes me want to tidy up my 'stuff' though.... maybe I'm giving people the wrong impression - or maybe the right one :P !Published 5 months ago by Kengrove
I expected more of a how to book. Though it did give many clues into how to snoop, it also contained a lot of research and findingsPublished 9 months ago by EagleFire
I had high hopes for this book which it did not meet. I think that's because it wanders around, exploring this theory, that story and this research but in the end you don't... Read morePublished 11 months ago by blackstone lake