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did you know? doodles reveal our mood and personality

What is a doodle?

A doodle is a series of lines, or a shape, a pattern that we draw using our pens or pencils, usually without thinking, sometimes while we’re listening to a teacher in class ( 😉 ) or waiting for “inspiration” to come during a class test (according to a scientific study, scribbling helps a person think!!!), or also while we are talking with someone on the phone. We all doodle. Common  doodles include cartoon versions of teachers or classmates, tiny little flowers scrawled in the corner of the page, stars, hearts, eyes,  landscapes or geometric shapes. Very often we continue  adding one doodle after another until we form a complete picture. We usually scribble doodles on our textbooks, exercise-books, pencil-cases, school desks and so on.


Next time you doodle on a piece of paper  don’t leave it around – because it might reveal all of your secrets! 😉

What are your most common doodles? Geometrical shapes, objects? Read the interpretation keys to learn “more”…


Let’s start analysing your doodles…

  • Arrows indicate a person who is ambitious with a very determined and  passionate nature.
  • Circles represent a need to find unity and peace.
  • Triangles signal a strong and well-developed mind. An inverted triangle represents introversion.
  • A square or a series of squares represent a hard working and practical person.
  • Curlicues with loops at the top indicate an imaginative, good natured disposition. Curlicues with loops at the bottom indicate a protective, worrying disposition
  • Zigzags may signal a need for comfort, or a need to regress to childhood in order to escape from the hard everyday reality.
  • Dots indicate focus and concentration on detail. Dots forming a pattern or picture are sometimes the doodles of a fragmented personality.
  • Ladders and steps display a desire to move up in the world. The ladder especially shows a great ambition.
  • Three dimensional forms are symbolic of an intellectual, logical mind.
  • Boxes are usually drawn by men. Closed boxes signify a desire for privacy. Open boxes may be a reflection of a wish to welcome someone. They may also represent a desire to escape from a restrictive situation.
  • Doodles of eyes are often the eyes that show the inner self of the person doodling them. Big eyes have outgoing personalities and small ones are reserved. Closed eyes may indicate a refusal to look inside oneself.
  • Most flowers are doodled by women, and are romantic in nature.
  • Doodled guns are a sign of subconscious aggression.
  • Houses are one of the most common doodles. Usually drawn by women, they can show how the person feels about their home environment. If there is smoke coming from the chimney this shows other people are welcome. An unhappy home is usually represented by asymmetrical structures without windows.
  • A doodled key could mean that you are desperately seeking the means to escape from a claustrophobic situation.
  • An intricate maze suggests that you feel you have no way out in a situation.
  • Faces are usually doodled by adolescent girls, who want to create their perfect self-portrait. Faces in profile, however, can be a sign of an introverted personality. Comic faces are usually drawn by men, indicating a desire to be the centre of attention.
  • Question marks (?) mean a difficult decision to be made, or having doubts about your role in life.
  • Repeatedly doodling your name may be a sign of an identity problem.
  • Repeated stars are often drawn by the uncurably romantic.
  • A tree which is doodled without leaves or roots can show how you feel inside: isolated and without strong family ties.
  • An umbrella generally means the desire to help someone you loved, or the desire to protect yourself from unwanted external influences.
  • Doodles of cars usually represent a desire for the material things in life. A doodled train, however, signifies someone who is more likely to proceed with caution, but is determined to get there in the end.
  • Webs can symbolize a sense of being trapped. Spider webs indicate that the person is constantly seeking to widen his horizons and improve himself – usually with much more complication than is necessary.
  • Clouds may indicate a happy person who likes daydreaming, but has a strong sense of freedom around them. Angry, stormy clouds can indicate depression.

Also WHERE you doodle ON THE PAGE is important. If you do it:

  • on top of the page: you are an energetic, free-thinking person, with a great deal of ideas. If the doodle is close to the title, this can indicate that you think you have something more important to say than what is on the paper.
  • on the left side of the page: they say this is the domain of the past, nostalgia or regret. It may indicate apprehensiveness for the future.
  • in the centre of the page: you may be extrovert and in need of attention. If you use the centre of the page this may also indicate a need for personal space.
  • on the right side of the page: doodles on the right side of the page are very rare. Filling this space with a doodle might suggest a strong need to communicate your inner feelings.
  • on the bottom of the page: doodling along the bottom of the page means you have a practical nature, but it might also indicate self-doubt and even depression.

Doodling can also include numbers. Numbers in ancient traditions were considered to be the most important principles that organized the universe. Numbers are powerful creative symbols.

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10 thoughts on “did you know? doodles reveal our mood and personality

  1. I’m keen on psychological analysis and always read everything I find about it! These definitions mostly mirror my personality…
    (I repeatedly doodle my name… I have an identity problem! Does it mean I have to look for a good psychiatrist? :D)

  2. Maybe yes Bohemian, but don’t worry… we’ll all keep you company in the doctor’s waiting room!
    p.s. don’t forget your pen, so that we can “doodle up” all the place 😉

  3. We can call doodles “The mirrors of the soul”. While I was reading the post I was thinking: I’m a very precise person in fact I always doodle squares or geometrical shapes, often in the centre of the page. But I also often doodle my name, especially when I have to try if a pen works. 🙂

  4. Oh! It’s very interesting. I doodle every day but I didn’t know that it could be important. Next time I’ll take a photo of my doodles 😀

  5. I doodle everywhere..my desk is my best place for doodles…
    I usually doddle trees (with leaves) and my name, but in particular I doodle bull’s eyes..I think they could be seen as many concentric circles…all my doodles are on the top or on the right side of the page..

  6. Hi teacher…First of all CONGRATULATIONS FOR THE BLOG…You’ve done a fantastic work! I’m having a lot of fun, not only on rainy Sundays…eh eh :)… By the way, I agree with the other comments and I think that everything we write or draw, in this case doodles, is the revealer of our soul, even if we sometimes discover totally unexpected sides of our personality…
    Kisses
    Francesca C.
    Ps: thank you for publishing my sentence about friendship on the blog!!!:))

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