Thursday, February 9, 2012


"People assume - always - that you're a nicer person if your space is clean."
    -Samuel Gosling, PhD Social Psychology

Interesting, huh?  Gosling has made a career out of snooping in people's homes to determine what their stuff says about them.  He reviews their belongings and, based on his findings, completes a "personality inventory", assessing traits like agreeableness and neuroticism.

Think about it: when it comes to your favorite book, how does the author better acquaint you with the main character?  By describing their lifestyle and surroundings.  And movie props intentionally create a specific vision for a character's behavior.  (Like Steve Carell in 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin', who owned a collection of vintage action figures.  Just saying.)

Tell me, Appleshiners, what do your surroundings say about you?

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