On Epilepsy Action’s National Doodle Day Kat asks, “What’s behind a doodle?”
I’ve often found myself absent-mindedly doodling patterns while otherwise engaged with something; more often than not whiling away time holding on the telephone, or listening to a particularly uninspiring talk, or practically whenever there’s a piece of paper and pencil within easy reach!
But what do my swirly patterns actually mean? Can you tell a personality trait from a doodle, in the same way you can ‘read’ into people’s handwriting?
Apparently you can, although one of the websites I got this information from did include a disclaimer! Something along the lines of ‘Thinking about doodle meaning can help you reflect on your own feelings and develop creative ideas, but that is all. If you’re worried about your or a friend’s behaviour or well-being, please seek professional advice.’ Naturally!
Have a look at this list and see if you agree with the descriptions:
Shapes: Straight or curved lines represent masculine or feminine characteristics. (straight = masculine, curved = feminine)
Circles, squares and triangles show needs and motivation.
Emotional people who want harmony and love tend to draw things with circular or rounded shapes, or symbols of love and femininity (circles, spirals, suns, flowers, hearts, etc).
Down-to-earth, practical people who need security and like to be in control tend to draw things with square shapes or flat surfaces, or symbols of material security (squares, boxes, houses, doors, windows, punctuation marks, etc).
Determined people who need an outlet for their mental and physical energy tend to draw things with triangular or pointed shapes, or symbols of masculinity (stars, arrows, zig-zags, spires, diamonds, stick figures, etc).
Style and strokes: these show temperament, energy, drive and strength of feeling. People who are sensitive or hesitant tend to draw with short, light or sketchy lines, while determined people who feel strongly about things use longer, firmer strokes.
What sort of doodles do you draw? Does the above description sum you up correctly? Here’s one I made earlier:
My final thought is that National Doodle Day was brought about by Epilepsy Action 14 years ago, where they hold an online auction of celebrity doodles. Over 1,600 celebrities have taken part in National Doodle Day since it began. The online eBay auction will run for three days, starting on Friday 22 September, and closing on Sunday 24 September.
Get involved! Who knows, one day one of those celebrity doodles could be yours!
For more info on doodle interpretation there are many links out there, but here’s one I found very enlightening: