The meaning of doodle

Waiting or listening with a pen in your hand? Probably you’ll start doodling. And what you choose to doodle will reveal a lot about your personality and mood.


We usually doodle when our mind is absent.



Many of us end up drawing the same things. Stars, flowers, boxes and arrows frequently crop up — common symbols of aspirations and feelings.

It turns out that what you draw could tell more about your personality and feelings.

For example, emotional people who want harmony and crave affection tend to use rounded shapes and curved lines. Practical persons tend to use straight lines and squares. Determined people will use corners, zigzags and triangles, while more hesitant types use light, sketchy strokes.1

I often doodle when I’m on the bus, when I’m talking to someone and when I’m sitting in a waiting room.



I’ve noticed that I really like to doodle simple shapes, in specific rhombus but sometimes also faces. I find doodling very relaxing and playful at the same time.

Sometimes is also useful as I use my doodles for my illustrations. I use them for pattern or for ideas. I usually remake and develop them related to the concept of the illustration.



But what they means?



Flowers tend to imply something very personal and can be referring to relationships.

People who doodle flowers are usually sentimental people. They value things like marriage, children, photos, good memories.2



These people are considered to be very clear thinkers. Sometimes they may have separate things in separate places. They have their work mates, their school mates, other mates and they don’t necessarily mix their lives.

They often deal with things and have checklists. They like to be organised.3



Doodling your name or initials is common for those who enjoy being the centre of attention. Teenagers often doodle just their first name or the initial indicating a desire to break away from the family and do their own thing.

Doodling someone else’s name, on the other hand, shows they are in your thoughts.4



Arrows indicate direction and goals. A determined person with a specific goal in mind will draw arrows, subconsciously ‘aiming’ at his or her ‘target’. 5



Faces are very personal. Essentially they are drawing themselves. A happy face means generally a happy person. If you draw angry faces — it doesn’t mean you display anger, but you could be feeling it unconsciously.

As for eyes are pretty similar thing to faces.6



The black and white chequerboard doodle suggests patience and persistence.7



Obviously a romantic doodle. Drawing a heart indicates you’re in love with love.8



Busy, highly-detailed doodles are often drawn by people with an obsessive nature, who simply will not let go of their ambitions or loved ones.9



Drawings of stairs and ladders also often indicate you have an important, long-term task in hand.10



Doodling any form of transport often indicates a desire to escape from a situation.11



This can symbolise a feeling of being trapped or the  desire to entice someone into  a particular relationship or situation.12



Stars are often drawn by ambitious people. Lots of little stars indicate optimism. Neat, uniform stars suggest good mental focus, while freehand, asymmetric stars show an energetic personality.13


1-13 Ruth Rostron, MOTIVATING NEEDS in DOODLES and DRAWINGS, The Graphological Magazine, 24 Winter 2006-7.


Can you recognise yourself in any of these doodles? Let me know in the comments box below!

8 Replies to “The meaning of doodle”

  1. I’ve just looked through my pad, when I am on a Conference Call it appears that I too doodle!! lol! – My doodles ranges from stars, my name, houses, hearts, in fact lots of ******** asterixis 🙂 plus a chessbaord and squares. In fact I doodle lots of things!

    1. Linda, thanks for sharing this!! I think it’s interesting how much we doodle when we don’t notice. It’s kind of a relaxing thing for me. 🙂

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