Doodling is a funny thing. It really is.
Almost as funny as the moment of realisation I had when writing the title for this blog:
That ‘What Does Your Doodle Say About You’ is probably not ideal.
It’s arguably inappropriate, but much worse – potentially misleading, which I definitely couldn’t allow.
I won’t lie. If the blog title popped up on my Facebook feed, I could probably have been enticed by the potential of phallic-linked character analysis. Maybe.
If I’m honest with you, the processing system in my brain isn’t the best.
The initial trash chute of my mind has an abysmal filter; it’s a two-hole sieve.
All the rational, smart stuff falls straight through so that initially, the small amount I can salvage and form into a coherent thought is limited to the essentials.
You know – innuendos and puns. Obviously.
Luckily, for my sake – the sieve does eventually upgrade to be very fine so that yes, my mind does produce complex and intelligent conclusions. They’re just delayed. Aged. Like fine wine.
God. Delving into the woes of this rewritten title has made me realise two things.
1 – I guess there’s a reason why I’m predisposed to bad first impressions.
2 – That I have some pretty screwed up standards if I’m willing to change a title because I’m worried I’ll mislead people (like me) who’ll misconstrue it to be dick related.
On that note, I think I’ll actually start discussing the art of doodling.
And what better way to start than to find an exercise book of mine and check out my own doodles.
Ladies and gents, brace yourselves for my masterpiece:
- ‘Receipt No Auth Code 551477.’
This is a classic doodle. I call it receipt security.
I’ll pay for something, say – an event or online shopping. After which, I’ll receive a receipt number.
Now, for good reason, I recognise the significance of this number and importantly, I recognise the significance of having a record of it.
The thing is, this record is always scribbled illegibly on some non-descript exercise book or piece of paper, or hidden in a phone note somewhere. Tbh, it’s literally never seen or acknowledged again.
- Stars and Name
I have this weird obsession with drawing stars. I have no idea why I do it.
It’s almost always the first thing that I’ll doodle on a piece of paper. Subconsciously, actively; I really can’t stop.
They really ought to be Van Gogh Starry Night calibre by now, given the sheer amount of time I’ve actually spent drawing them.
But no – my stars aren’t really worthy praise. They wouldn’t win any award.
Maybe most asymmetrical? I guess that would sort of match me – stars as screwed up as I am.
And don’t get me started on my other doodling obsession: my name. I will literally fill entire pages of just my name. Capitalised, cursive.
Daniel. Daniel Kwarcinski.
Sprawled over hundreds of pages over the course of my life.
Writing this was a really sad realisation. I mean, when I really thought about it – there’s only one explanation for my obsessive star and name drawing:
I’m obsessed with myself. And I think I’m a star.
And just when I thought I couldn’t be any more of a conceited asshole, apparently I also feel the need to whip out a highlighter and emphasise my name (in a box I might add) and the two biggest stars. Narcissism? Surely not.
My denial really kicked in so I decided to label it as a reflection of confidence (obviously).
But I wanted to know the real deal with doodles and their meaning.
My research surprisingly yielded a tonne of information – papers, reports, studies.
People who study personal development and psychology are able to draw meaning from a variety of behaviours.
Everything we do leaves a trace of our inner workings. Gestures, expressions, music preferences and yes – doodles.
M.Farouk Radwan has outlined the underlying meaning of several common doodles.
The types of shapes, faces and objects you draw all indicate something.
The best part for me is that the apparent inference for people who draw stars is that they are ambitious, optimistic and hopeful. AND – underlining a name means that person is important to you.
So at least I can say I’m a hopeful egotist (what a relief).
Doodle and the Inner Person by Gail Mcnaughton provides further analysis into doodles, affirming that they are the ‘physical projection of a writer’s emotional desires.’
As they are usually created while we’re preoccupied or doing something else (on the phone, waiting for someone/something), McNaughton highlights that doodles are graphic expressions of our unconscious state.
Better yet, they’re also therapeutic; they can help ease tension and anxiety.
So there we go, a bit more than mindless scribbles.
I invite you all to assess what you’re doodling means. This link is a good start!
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