I'm not a fan of self-help books. I'm much more interested in different methods of defining who I am, what makes me tick and what to do with that information later on.

So yeah, I've taken Myers-Briggs enough to come up as eight or nine different personalities (usually ENFJ), I've studied enneagrams (usually "The Enthusiast", though at times "The Challenger"), I've used "The Hero Within" (archetypes applies to modern life) as a sort of psychological blueprint or excuse or whatever.

All this stuff is the kind of self-centered navel gazing I get into when I'm a little curious and a little bored.

I can also read tea leaves, tarot cards, and spout an irritating amount of information about your Astrological sign.

Once I also developed this odd fixation with spies brought on by a TNT Bond Movie marathon, and began trying to learn how to decipher other people by behavioral indications; the words they chose, their clothes/ music/ presentation.

It should also be noted that during all this I was a drug addict and was deeply embroiled in the cat-and-mouse mindset that comes with addiction. Sneaking around, the world is the enemy, steal to get the next fix, and appear normal to family.

I am so glad I didn't encounter my new favorite book while I was using because the world at large would have been in danger.

Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You by Sam Gosling, Ph.d is, like, the guidebook for all of us self-centered, nosey, stealth-seekers. You know you want it. You know you want to be able to generate an entire profile of another person's psyche based on the things they keep close. You know you want to figure out if that Jimi Hendrix poster you've got posted at the back of your closet is a subtextual tip-off that you're a secret pothead.

This book mixes guilty pleasure with entertaining anecdotes and some serious logic that people like me (who read tea leaves and tarot cards and thus do not operate on logic) would never have otherwise continued.

So if you couldn't get your head out of that Oprah selection "Are You Normal?" you should seriously give this one a shot.
lolasinn7 lolasinn7
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Jul 13, 2010