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Snoop : what your stuff says about you
Sam Gosling
Adult Nonfiction BF323.S63 G67 2008

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Gosling's (psychology, Univ. of Texas) first book will captivate those who like the CBS drama Criminal Minds or the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In it, he examines how we use space--be it a dorm room, a house, a desk, or an office cubicle--to project as well as to protect our identities. Gosling contends that all humans leave behind "psychological footprints" and "behavioral residue" in their abodes. Throughout, he uses the "Big Five" model of personality, often remembered by the mnemonic OCEAN--Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism--as his interpretive framework. Upon finishing this book, readers will surely pay more attention to their and others' cars, tattoos, posters, MP3 playlists, and books for what they can intentionally or unintentionally reveal about the psyche. 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. Recommended for academic as well as public libraries.--C. Brian Smith, Arlington Heights Memorial Lib., IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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