- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books; Reprint edition (May 12, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0465013821
- ISBN-13: 978-0465013821
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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"
"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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Things I Thought Were Interesting:
* Only in extreme cases can you learn much from a person's refrigerator
* Formal dress tends to be a good indicator of conscientiousness
* People can match strangers to their cars better than chance
* Bedrooms, Facebook profiles and personal web sites tend to give reliable info on
* Bedrooms of liberals tend to have a larger variety of books, music and art supplies, while conservatives have more flags, alcohol bottles and sports paraphernalia
* Male bedrooms have fewer photos of families and friends, closets that tend to be open with stuff on hooks and more hats and caps than female bedrooms
* In a job interview, dress and amount the applicant leans forward tends to give clues to job motivation
* A more personalized office means a higher commitment to the organization
* Maps in a space points to diverese interests and open-mindedness
Pros: Clear writing, sources cited (but not in-text), interesting "tidbits" of info found throughout
Cons: Parts read like a primer on social psychology and personality, which leaves too little room for talk about people's "stuff" and makes the book seem to be more about what humans do than what they own. People whose work he cites gave him blurbs for the book (tit for tat perhaps?)
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.