What does your doodle say about you?
Contrary to popular belief – and here’s something for children to tell their teachers – doodling is not the sign of a wandering mind. In fact, more often than not, the doodler is actually using doodling to focus the mind and help concentrate by blocking out other distractions.
So what do you draw when you’re doodling – houses? trees? smart cars? Doodling may well seem an inconsequential pastime but it can give definite clues to your personality when unravelled by the complex art of graphology.
‘We tend to doodle when we are bored or stressed,’ says Ruth Rostron, professional handwriting analyst and vice-chair of the British Institute of Graphologists.
‘Because of this, we’re usually only half-conscious of what we’re drawing — which means our inner preoccupations surface on paper.’
The expression on a doodled face is often a good indication of the mood or character of the person who has drawn it. A nicely drawn, good-looking face suggests you see the good in others.
Comic faces demonstrate a desire to be the centre of attention. Child-like doodles of faces suggest neediness. Profiles indicate you’re an introvert.
Soft, rounded petals around a circular flower centre suggest an amiable, family-centric person.
If the centre of your flower is a circle, but your petals are pointy, you are probably hiding a warm heart behind a prickly defensiveness.
If you doodle a bunch of perky-looking flowers you are likely to be sociable. Drooping flower heads, on the other hand, indicate you’re burdened by worry.
House doodles are a rich source of information. Look at the shape – if it is wide and airy, then you are broadminded and open to ideas. If it is narrow and pinched, you are the opposite and likely to keep your feelings bottled up. Busy houses show you are the homely type while tall houses reveal idealism and ambition.
Trees can be very revealing. If they are verdant and full of fruit, you are giving, warm and balanced. If there are branches with no leaves, then your feelings are likely to be wintry. Lots of branches in no particular order can be an indication that you need to stop, organise your thinking and get down to a plan of action in your life.
Squares or Cubes
Drawing a square indicates you want control of a situation — that you are thinking through a problem.
If your squares progress to a cube or box, you’re likely to be a very efficient, analytical person who can deal with difficult situations with little fuss.
What doodles have you done lately? We would love to hear about them!