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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,984 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sam Gosling Narrator: David Drummond Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9781482977660
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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 to 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, the things we own and the way we arrange them often say more about us than even our most intimate conversations. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Charming and well written…[a] readable and practical guide to understanding the people around you.”

    New Scientist

  • “A must-read for anyone who wants to learn about the cutting edge of psychological research.”

    Eric Abrahamson, coauthor of A Perfect Mess

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra | 2/16/2014

    " I love the idea of this book. In the beginning I was very engaged but as it went on, it seemed repetitive and I lost interest. Maybe I will revisit later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/15/2014

    " Since moving in with Neil, we seem to discuss my "stuff" a lot...especially my ever growing book collection. I thought I'd get a different perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawna | 2/9/2014

    " Easy to read although there was so much information I feel like I can't remember a single thing I learned. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 1/13/2014

    " I was attracted to reading this book to learn what my stuff says about me, more than to learn how to effectively snoop on other people. The author reveals some interesting data and it was worth my time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 1/8/2014

    " it was okay - I thought it was going to be much better than it was - some interesting stuff - so if you are ever into looking around your friends' bookcases when they leave the room, check this out - who knows what you will discover "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Delight | 12/22/2013

    " This was a fascinating and accessible read by a professor who has made a career out of how to "read" others by the clues most aren't aware that they are leaving! The research is really interesting and what I discovered is that I'm already a pretty decent snoop :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 12/21/2013

    " Interesting book, but it made me completely self-conscious about everything I own. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 12/15/2013

    " Interesting book, many intersting tips! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle Giesenschlag | 12/13/2013

    " I sincerely enjoyed this book. It is full of information about what our everyday living spaces say about us. I learned a lot about both other people and myself. The book is also full of plenty of fun psychology facts too. It is written at a level that I felt made for a smooth, easy read. Highly recommended for all audiences curious to learn about themselves and their neighbors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire Eden | 12/12/2013

    " Really enjoyed this book...am now analyzing all my friends, family and acquaintances. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy Palmer | 11/28/2013

    " Not a code book that lists what particular objects in a home or office mean, but a methodology to help you learn how to observe and put together a theory about the personality of the occupant with some of nascent results of a relatively new psych field. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerry | 10/22/2013

    " A quick, fascinating read about how our personalities shape our surroundings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 10/7/2013

    " Our environment reflects on our personality, and can be discerned by the observant. We also express our personality throughout our environment, and should be aware of the impression we can make on others. Very interesting... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Mears | 3/1/2013

    " An interesting and reflective read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katrina | 2/26/2013

    " Loved it. Wish it were longer. It's about Sam Gosling's study into what people have in their homes, and how it relates to their temperment, or personality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monte | 8/7/2012

    " I was disappointed...mostly a rehash of old research...and his 15 minutes of fame. He was a guest on Good Morning America.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hope | 4/19/2012

    " Interesting book. I learned quite a bit about what my possessions say about me to astute observers, and what they can tell me. I would have liked a bit more detail about Gosling's own exploits in snooping, but that is a minor quibble. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilynn | 1/26/2012

    " Written by a behavioral scientist/personality researcher. The content is fascinating. Dr. Gosling discusses what your 'stuff' really says about you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 9/27/2011

    " A fun read, but honestly a little disappointing, which less information than I was expecting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 8/22/2011

    " Gotta love airplane rides and sitting around in airports killing time. I really enjoyed this book. I know I never say anything brilliant in these reviews. Sorry. Learned lots about a subject that I find very interesting. Check it out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meghan | 6/30/2011

    " Interesting, a bit repetitive. Fits into the canon of Freakonomics and The Tipping Point, same focus on countering assumptions and providing surprising conclusions that defy intuition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 5/21/2011

    "
    An okay book, but ultimately sort of unsatisfying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 4/9/2011

    " Not a code book that lists what particular objects in a home or office mean, but a methodology to help you learn how to observe and put together a theory about the personality of the occupant with some of nascent results of a relatively new psych field. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori Ann | 4/5/2011

    " This was interesting in a pop-psychology kind of way for about the first 1/5th of the book, then it went off the rails. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Steph | 3/31/2011

    " Interesting premise but I read at least 100 pages without learning anything very interesting. Gave up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 3/19/2011

    " This is an excellent read.

    I like Gosling's style and his ability to keep things from being too dryly scientific. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ally | 3/13/2011

    " as arte johnson would say very interesting...
    i'm not looking to be a certified snooper but it fits with my interest in forensics and such "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 2/22/2011

    " Really interesting little book, though it's more about the way we arrange our 'stuff' that gives insight to our personalities, and not the 'stuff' itself. I think I'll be hanging on to this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 2/6/2011

    " The charts in this book made it a poor choice for an audio book, but the idea (and the first and last disk of the book) were very interesting... "

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About the Author
Author Sam Gosling

Sam Gosling is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been profiled by the New York Times, Psychology Today, and other publications, and he is featured in Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink.

About the Narrator

David Drummond has made his living as an actor for over twenty-five years, appearing on stages large and small throughout the country and in Seattle, Washington, his hometown. He has narrated over thirty audiobooks, in genres ranging from current political commentary to historical nonfiction, fantasy, military, thrillers, and humor. He received an AudioFile Earphones Award for his first audiobook, Love ’Em or Lose ’Em: Getting Good People to Stay. When not narrating, he keeps busy writing plays and stories for children.