Idle Doodles Reveal More Than You May Realize
September 13, 2011

Idle Doodles Reveal More Than You May Realize


Many folks find themselves doodling on paper with a pen or pencil when they are faced with an activity that requires only half our attention such as a meeting or a class lecture. Well that idle doodling may say more about you than you imagine, reports Mandy Francis of The Daily Mail.

“We tend to doodle when we are bored or stressed,” Ruth Rostron, professional handwriting analyst and vice-chair of the British Institute of Graphologists, told Francis. “Because of this, we´re usually only  half-conscious of what we´re drawing – which means our inner preoccupations surface on paper.”

Seen collectively, we tend to draw many of the same things and the types of drawings we leave behind can contain clues to our feelings, aspirations or dreams. According to Rostron, looking at how a doodle is drawn reveals its true meaning.

“Emotional people who want harmony and crave affection tend to use rounded shapes and curved lines. Down-to-earth, practical types tend to use straight lines and squares. Determined people will use corners, zigzags and triangles, while more hesitant types use light, sketchy strokes.”

“A large doodle shows a person is confident and outgoing, while a small one suggests the person prefers to observe rather than participate.”

A good indication of the mood or character can be revealed by those who draw faces. A nicely drawn, good-looking face suggests you see the good in others. If you sketch weird or ugly faces, you are probably mistrustful. Funny faces may illustrate a desire to be the center of attention. Child-like doodles of faces suggest neediness. Profiles indicate you´re an introvert.

Those prone to mood swings may favor black and white checkerboard doodles suggesting patience and persistence. Perhaps you are weighing-up various options regarding a tricky situation?

An amiable, family-centric person is more likely to draw flowers either in groups, indicating a sociable attitude or alone, which can reflect your inner mood depending on how droopy or perky the petals are.

Stairs or ladders are symbols of ambition and a willingness to work your way methodically ℠up the ladder´ in life. Drawings of stairs and ladders also often indicate you have an important, long-term task in hand or it can represent a spiritual quest, perhaps a desire to be happier or more relaxed.

Determined personalities tend to draw arrows, subconsciously ℠aiming´ at his or her ℠target´. If the arrow is sharp and angular, the target probably is something important, perhaps a person who needs to be confronted or a job that needs to be applied for.

If it is more flowing and decorated, the arrows´ target is likely to be an affair of the heart or a specific passion of the doodler is being weighed.

Enjoy being the center of attention? You may be the type who leaves lists of your initials up and down a page. Teenagers often doodle just their first name or their initials, indicating a desire to break away from the family to become independent. Doodling someone else´s name, on the other hand, shows they are in your thoughts.

Ambitious people will leave a trail of stars, many little stars indicate optimism. If you´ve drawn one big, bold, embellished star, you´ve got a definite goal in your sights. Neat, uniform stars suggest good mental focus, while freehand, asymmetric stars show an energetic personality.

So the next time you find yourself leaving behind a sheet of apparently useless doodles, just remember that it may give others an insight into your inner world.


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