If you’ve ever wondered what those little pictures you trace while daydreaming mean then this is the right place to be. Next time you’re waiting for the little one to doze off in his cot and wishing naps were for adults too, have a doodle and see what’s hiding in your subconscious.
Not so mindless after all
Most doodling occurs while we are zoned out so it may seem meaningless. But as Dr. Pragya Agarwal from Hedge and Hog Prints explains it’s actually quite mindful.
“Doodling has been proven to be mindful rather than mindless. Neuroscientists have shown that when the brain is in an idle phase while doodling, it forms new connections and can be more productive. Also, in a recent 2011 paper, it was shown that doodling can help form verbal connections. For me, it helps me focus and remember information by forming associations and visual imagery. The important thing is to just let loose, go with the flow and be in the present and now rather than thinking or stressing about the artistic quality of the doodle. Much like any other artistic or creative project, doodling helps with mental well-being.”
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Hearts, circles, spirals, suns, flowers, faces, balloons and more!
These are all signs of an emotional person seeking love and harmony. Shapes that are circular or rounded in their appearance show a feminine mystique. Hearts in particular indicate romance on your mind.
Squares, boxes, houses, ladders, checkerboards, block letters etc.
You are a down-to-earth and practical person. Your doodles show a need for security and a propensity for being in control.
Stars, arrows, diamonds, kites, stick figures and Christmas trees:
Drawing triangular or pointed shapes shows a determined individual. Your zoned out images are looking for an outlet of your mental and physical energy. Stars are a sign of ambition. Lots of small stars indicate optimism, while one large one shows you have a goal in mind.
- Large doodles: outgoing, confident and socially active
- Small doodles: more of an observer, enjoys their own space
- Good balance: you’re a clear thinker with good organisational skills
If all your doodles are at the top of the page then they’re related to your dreams and aspirations, while the bottom edge is all about security and material concerns. Right side deals with the future and the outside world. And on the left you’re doodling because of your past and your family.
More on doodle meanings can be found here.
Deciphering your doodles is simpler than it sounds and it can be done for others too. Set the kids up with a picnic table drawing session and see what personality traits are growing within.