Have you ever caught yourself doodling randomly to pass time during a prolonged telephone conversation or a boring meeting? Almost everyone, at some point in their life have made these simple drawing of squiggly lines, flowers, or heart shapes. Doodling may not be much of an interest to the public. However, doodling isn’t a mere mundane act. It may in fact, reveal insights to the subconscious mind that carries great meaning.
Curious about those doodles in the pages of your notebook? Here’s what they mean:
Flowers symbolise a fragile and delicate nature. It can also suggest that you are a family-centric person. A circular flower with pointy leaves or thorns indicate a kind-hearted person that is defensive and prone to pushing people away. A blooming flower means you’re a person that is willing to open up, while a droopy flower suggests the opposite.
Stars carry a variety of meaning. A cluster of small stars denotes optimism. One big star shows that you have clear goal in mind. Stars aligned in uniform means dedication, whereas cluttered stars suggest an energetic personality.
When it comes to doodled faces, how it is drawn indicates how the creator sees themselves, or other people. Beautifully drawn faces represent a positive outlook, meanwhile an ugly face shows the opposite. If the eyes accentuate an extra detail, it might mean a desire to be noticed, or the feeling of privacy is invaded, or you’re an observant person.
This one is obvious. It means you are romantic at heart.
Ladder or stairs
A symbol of ambition, be it career wise or personal improvement. The doodle’s uneven lines show uncertainty, while firmly drawn lines depict confidence in your quest to reach a specific goal.
It does not matter if it is a boat or planes or trains, vehicles reflect an urge to escape from a situation or go someplace new.
Beware of the moment you caught yourself drawing doodles of spider webs, because it symbolises a feeling of being trapped – in a situation or a relationship.
Arrows illustrate that you are subconsciously aiming at whatever it is you are striving for. Upward-facing arrow in a doodle means optimism, and downward-facing arrow shows dread.
Squares or boxes
Typically, doodles of structures like squares and boxes represent an analytical and efficient person. The black and white chessboard might suggest that you’re weighing a variety of options in a complex situation. If your drawing shows a stack of boxes, you’re most likely to be feeling overwhelmed.
Busy, intricate doodles show that you are meticulous in nature. This doodle is a favourite amongst extreme introverts and perfectionists.
Stick figures are commonly drawn at the margins of historical manuscripts belonging to highly influential people. The simple stick figure reveals that a person can control their emotions and is extremely focussed in their life goals.
Zig zags or squiggles
Doodles featuring squiggly lines show that you know where your destination is, but you are unsure of how to go there, and is still in the midst of exploration. Zig zags means the same as squiggles too, except that its straight, pointy corners signify a masculine trait that is commonly associated with impatience.
Of course, sometimes a square is just a square. There are a lot of factors to consider when analysing doodles. At the end of the day, it is best to go with your gut feeling!