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How Do You Doodle: Your Sketches May Be Giving Away Your Secrets

Many people doodle on an odd scrap of paper and what they draw can say a lot about what’s going on in their subconscious.

A lot of us doodle on all kinds of things and some of us can’t seem to function without doing it. Take for example, the scenario where a ‘doodler’ has to sit and listen to a speaker without doodling. Nothing goes in. There is no assimilation of information. In these cases doodling is actually a way of ordering information inside the brain.

In the same way that dreams are understood to have meanings, doodles can also indicate what is going in the subconscious. Take a look at something that you have doodled on and see what it could mean. Better still, examine something a partner, or friend has scribbled on and see what you can discover.

First of all, the location of the doodle on the page is significant.

Those that use the center of the page may be extrovert and in need of attention. This is a common trait in those who work in areas where they need to get used to public speaking., (barristers, public relations executives, lecturers, etc). Using the center of the page may also indicate the need for personal space.

Doodles at the top of the page show confidence and an abundance of ideas. If the doodle is right next to the title, or heading on a page it can indicate that the scribbler thinks they have something more important to say than what is on the paper.

The left hand side of the page is the most common place to find doodles. These can indicate feelings of nostalgia for the past.

Using the right hand side of the page is not as common and may be seen more often in left-handers. It can indicate an urge to express oneself, or communicate hidden thoughts.

There are many different shapes, designs and colors of doodles, just as there are different dream scenarios, but there are some that are quite common and, as such, more easily interpreted.


Chains can indicate feelings of restriction, particularly in a relationship or in a job. Restrictions can also refer to a person’s attitudes and beliefs that don’t allow them to do as they wish. Drawing a person in chains can show a feeling of being very stressed.


Circles represent a need to find unity and peace. They can indicate someone who is struggling to draw everything together and make sense of it. It can also indicate a strong intuitive sense that things are coming together to form a whole, whether that refers to relationships, or life in general.


Fluffy clouds may indicate a happy person who is apt to daydream a bit, but has a strong sense of freedom around them. Angry, stormy clouds can indicate depression, or difficulty in coping.


Eggs symbolize a new beginning. A new talent that you were not aware of may be emerging. Eggs can also show a need and a desire to settle down and build your own stable, safe nest.


The elephant is powerful and dominant and can show inner strength that can overcome any obstacle. Those who draw elephants in any form are likely to be cheerful, a bit mischievous and fun to be around.


Eyes often 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 and sad, or happy laughing eyes can reflect how the person feels deep inside.

Next time you doodle on a piece of paper be aware that you are telling the world what is going on deep inside your subconscious mind without meaning to do so. Take your doodles with you, don’t leave them for someone else to interpret – because you just might be revealing all of your secrets

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  1. IcyCucky

    On November 20, 2007 at 6:10 pm

    This is remarkable. The pictures are wonderful too.

  2. Louie Jerome

    On November 21, 2007 at 3:26 am

    Thanks for that Icy. The pictures are not actually my original ones. These were provided by Triond.

  3. Lucy Lockett

    On November 22, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    Doodling can be very autonomous.Great article, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  4. Dee Huff

    On December 2, 2007 at 6:59 am

    I doodle all the time, on the right hand side of the page, or in the margin on the left. It’s always geometric shapes, that grow and fan out. I don’t seem to fit any of the categories, and I’m 100% right-handed. Really interesting article.

  5. Ruby Hawk

    On December 2, 2007 at 6:44 pm

    It is an interesting article. I wonder what it says about me that I never doodle.

  6. Judy Sheldon-Walker

    On December 3, 2007 at 2:19 am

    Very insightful. It makes me think of the one I did on handwriting analysis. You actually can learn a lot from these items. Like you said, don’t leave them laying around, unless you’ve nothing to hide.

  7. TheLostTreasure

    On November 14, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    I draw eyes chains and circles all the time. And usually on the SAME page. My doodles are a collection of randomness that I do in fact try to analyze….. when I’m bored

  8. Frenchy

    On November 29, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    Great article….I’ve been wondering what some of my doodles have meant.

  9. ALonna

    On January 1, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    wow this is soo amazing

  10. Yazmin

    On May 12, 2009 at 10:00 am

    the pictures r perfectly beautiful!

  11. Jade

    On July 15, 2009 at 8:15 am

    i doodle on the edge of the page. And I always draw flowers. And put little arrow heads on my y’s

  12. lisa

    On March 15, 2010 at 10:30 am

    i always write my name on a notepad but then scribble it out once iv wrote it? when im on the phone selling stuff, what does this mean?

  13. pujavrtk91

    On July 30, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Its gr8!!!! Wonderful… Just wanted to ask, i keep writing my name, keep shading cubes, draw coconut trees & hearts during boring lectures. What does those mean? Can i know?

  14. catlord

    On August 15, 2010 at 8:24 am


  15. momrocker

    On August 29, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    I dont see why this one person gets their own special message from Triond. This could all be easily read from a psychology book. And I dont see anything else of any kind of importance written by this person. Sure shes diverse. But so are alot of other people on here. Maybe if she “an hero”d herself, then she might be worth a mention.

  16. aiseruchan

    On September 18, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    I doodle everywhere. I doodle on the wall of my room and our classroom and the back(or any) pages of every book or notebook that I have. I also draw at the back of my test papers. I usually write \’my head is aching\’ and \’I\’m already hungry\’ and a girl in pain or a sad face. Or sometimes, \’I\’m sorry mama and papa\’ in Japanese when I knw I\’ll fail the test. :D

  17. Fran

    On October 2, 2010 at 12:22 am

    I doodle occasionally, when I do I always draw stars and clouds. Sometimes hearts. And my name, in different styles.

  18. Lia

    On November 13, 2010 at 3:50 am

    I keep doodling eyes always!!!!

  19. noone important

    On January 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    I doodle all the time- usually candles, eyes (often with tears) , roses (with thorns) and hearts/knives- generally sad symbols and stuff, cos they’re cool to draw. I also kinda think of the drawings I do that aren’t doodles as doodles, so that’s sketches/painting (not very good ones though) of people I like, roses (lol), and other similar things. Actually the last thing I doodles was a snake, but that was only because I’d been watching a Youtube video about maths doodles and it involved funny snakes (don’t ask). lol.

  20. nitu

    On February 6, 2011 at 3:40 am

    I doodle all the time-usually the one flower,with one leave and root for it. and dont understand why i do that.

  21. Emla

    On February 17, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Hi cool wesite

  22. Critic

    On September 1, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    This is utter BS. Where do all these ridiculous interpretations come from? Where’s the reference for them?

  23. Samantha

    On March 14, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Hmmmm…there is great complexity to be found in doodling. Allow oneself to be perplexed every now and then. The creation of meaning is a personalised reflexive act and can’t be explained in a few paragraphs. I suggest not limiting your interpretations but to trust in whay you feel you doodle what you did!

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