We all do it – Those seemingly mindless sketches on our notepads during a phone call or while waiting for something to load; but is there more to those drawings than meets the eye? Are they in fact a window into your sub-conscious?
The Marketing Mix have curated a list of common doodles and their interpreted meanings, so you can analyse what’s on your mind!
Before we start, let’s consider the size and placement of your doodles. Larger sized doodles that occupy most of your space tend to imply an attraction to nature, though perhaps a reserved personality. Smaller doodles towards the corner of the page point towards a more organised individual who dislikes wasted space and likes to keep things in order. Starting in the centre of the page usually speaks towards an attention seeker or extrovert, though It can also be interpreted to express a desire for personal space. If you tend to start your doodling at the top half of the page, it would suggest confidence and a wealth of ideas. If it’s right beside a page title or heading, that would imply you have more to say on the idea. Doodles positioned to the left of the page are most common and indicate thoughts of nostalgia, while doodling to the right is more common in left handers and those with the urge to express themselves.
And now, without further ado; here is a comprehensive list of common doodles and their completely subjective, though perceived meanings:
Sensitive to living creatures. The strength and personality traits of the animal can imply the hidden meaning behind the doodle.
Ambitiousness, drive and motivation.
Patience, persistence. Possibly weighing up options. Common in people prone to mood swings.
Unity and peace. Generally passive, sociable and friendly.
Fluffy clouds indicate happiness and freedom. Stormy clouds could indicate depression.
Cubes and Geometric Patterns
Constructive, methodical, organised. However can also suggest the feeling of being trapped. Cubes and rounded shapes such as spirals and circles indicate you’d rather be somewhere else.
Good news, positive outcomes relating to finance or career goals.
The feeling you’ve had to listen too much to something or someone
A new beginning, or emergence of a new talent.
The detail and expression usually indicate your mood.
The expression of the face usually indicates your mood.
Fire or flames
Power, passion, forward motion.
Feminine, growth, nature and reproduction.
Can suggest a need for love, but likely the desire to eat or drink.
Love! What else?
Houses or Buildings
Represents your home life. The details indicate your mood.
Obsessive, ambitious. Common amongst introverts.
Pressure denotes mood: Light is peaceful, heavier is more aggressive.
Ladders and Stairs
Can indicate an important or long-term task, or desire.
Letters and Numbers
Names and Initials
The need to be the centre of attention. Common in teenagers. Doodling someone else’s name implies you are thinking about them.
Hopefulness, optimism. Clustered stars represent romanticism.
The feeling of being trapped, or of enticing someone else into a situation.
Engaging in a thought process, mental clarity.
In control, focused. Common amongst successful people.
Desire to get away or reach a goal.
The second most common doodle. Rational thinking.
Ego and ambition. The details indicate your mood.
Competitiveness, strong spirit.