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Sam Gosling Writes About Mixed Signals in Psychology Today Cover Article

Thu, January 1, 2009

In the September 2009 issue of Psychology Today, social psychologist Sam Gosling discusses the difference between how we see ourselves and how others see us.

"How well we understand ourselves has a profound impact on our ability to navigate the social realm. In some areas, we know ourselves better than others do. But in other areas, we're so biased by our need to see ourselves in a good light that we become strangers to ourselves. By soliciting feedback from other people, we can learn more about ourselves and how we're coming off. Only by understanding how we're seen can we make sure we're sending the right signals. To be understood by others, in other words, the first step is understanding ourselves."

-Sam Gosling, "Mixed Signals", Psychology Today

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