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Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 288
Subject: Science & Mathematics


What Your Stuff Says About You

Sam Gosling

A fascinating book about what our everyday actions and possessions really say about us.

9781846680281 (14 May 2009)

About the book

Does what's in your bathroom or on your desk reveal what's on your mind? What's the best way to find out what your partner is really like? For ten years, ingenious academic Sam Gosling has been studying how people project (and protect) their inner selves. Full of cutting-edge research, Snoop will sharpen your perception of others, as well as of yourself. Amazingly, and perhaps alarmingly, Gosling proves that what we own and how we act can inadvertently reveal more about our personalities than even our most intimate conversations.

About the author

British-born, Sam Gosling studied at Leeds University and is now a professor of psychology at the University of Texas in Austin, where he lives. He has been profiled in the New York Times and other magazines and this is his first book.


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

- New Scientist

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

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

- Eric Abrahamson, co-author of A Perfect Mess

Gosling's conclusions are supported by rigorous academic research, but his engaging book is aimed at a popular audience...Snoop's conceit makes for an entertaining tour of how people project their inner selves outward into the world. This may seem like just common sense, but it's not.

- The Washington Post

Snoopology is a science with a right way and wrong way of doing it...I was blithely going about it entirely the wrong way. A fascinating book.

- Lucy Kellaway, Financial Times

Additional Information

Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 288
Subject: Science & Mathematics