What Does Your Desk Say About You?

It’s the one question the librarians haven’t answered…but we’re still trying!!!


Does what’s on your desk reveal what’s on your mind? Do those pictures on your walls tell the true tales about you? Is your favorite outfit about to give you away?  For the last ten years Sam Gosling has been studying how people project (and protect) their inner selves, by what they purchase and how they arrange it around them.  By exploring our private worlds (our desks, dorm rooms, bedrooms, closets and cars) he shows not only how we showcase our personalities in unexpected and unplanned ways, but also how we create personality in the first place, and communicate it to others.   When it comes to the most essential components of our personalities, the things we own and the way we arrange them often says more about us than even our most intimate conversations.  



Sam Gosling is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Texas, Austin.  He has spent the last decade conducting research on how personality is expressed and perceived in everyday contexts.  His work has been profiled in The New York Times, Psychology Today and his work is featured in Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book, Blink. 


More Info on Sam


My desk:

– a rubber band

– Nalgene bottle

– a pile of papers

– a non functioning laptop that I intended to wipe a few months ago, but never got to

– 2 stacks of paper for my monitor

– my monitor

– my cell

– packet of gum with one stick left

– a pen

– half an apple from yesterday


What Does It All Mean????

What’s On Yours?


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