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Personality Redux


Maybe you go to the house of a neighbor, or someone you’ve just met, and you glance around the rooms, wondering what, if anything, the decor says about the person. How do you distinguish the objects that have been put there for show, for the sake of would-be visitors, from those objects that reveal something true and significant about the owner of the home?

This is the subject of Sam Gosling’s book, Snoop. The results of his research may surprise you. Our personalities do indeed appear to be reflected in the stuff we accumulate and display. But maybe not always in the way you’d think.

Gosling writes with a light touch. He tells you just enough about his research to get the nuances without bogging you down with technical details.

If personality fascinates you, this book is well worth your time.