Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You (Take I)

Fun book: Sam Gosling's Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You (2008, 2009). It's about a lot of things -- social psychology, persona, projection, paying attention, snooping and more.

Wherever you go, there you are -- but really? How well do we know ourselves? How do we maintain a persona? How much do we (or can we) change over time? What do we put on display for the world? What stories do we tell ourselves about our lives? 

If there's a work office or equivalent space, what's put up? What's to keep our own moods "regulated" or us inspired?  

If there's a house or apartment, which spaces are dolled up, which kept in reserve?

How do we individually handle social media?

Are we fancy, are we plain? And so forth. Fascinating. For artists, these are the details that can make or break characters, subjects, imagery. All groovy. There are levels of detail, too -- ranging from attributes to personality. 

And what is personality? "An individual's unique pattern of thinking, feeling, and behaving that is consistent over time . . . For a behavior to be part of your personality, it should be something that you do repeatedly" (page 28).

Oh yes: All aboard for funtime.

Today's Rune: Wholeness. 


Charles Gramlich said...

Wherever I am there are books. That's about the sum of it.

Tom Sarmo said...

Wow--I really need to get this book. Thanks!

Tom Sarmo said...

Nearly finished with it. Got my brother reading it too--am amazed at how our conversations about it have opened up new understandings of each other