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Doodle

 

Doodle. What is a doodle? A doodle is a simple form of art where one mindlessly takes his or her writing instrument and marks or scribbles on his or her page creating designs, figures or simple images. Doodling can in fact be quite meditative and the images could be left for interpretation.

Doodling has also taken on a negative meaning, where one suggests a person is wasting time in aimless or foolish activity; however, doodling in fact allows a person to engage his or her mind as he or she is listening to a lecture. It is a brain boosting activity. What many have considered a distracting, time-wasting habit may actually give a person a leg up on others who do not doodle by helping a person stay alert.

According to one source: Asked to remember names they’d heard on a recording, people who doodled while listening had better recall than those who didn’t. This suggests that a slightly distracting secondary task may actually improve concentration during the performance of dull tasks that would otherwise cause a mind to wander.
(from: A Sketchy Brain Booster: Doodling URL – http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/02/doodlerecall/)

An archaic definition of doodle is a foolish or silly person as in the patriotic song, “Yankee Doodle” with which many are familiar.

Here are the lyrics of the shortened children’s version of Yankee Doodle:

Yankee Doodle went to town
A-riding on a pony,
Stuck a feather in his cap
And called it macaroni’.

Chorus:

Yankee Doodle keep it up,
Yankee Doodle dandy,
Mind the music and the step,
And with the girls be handy.

Father and I went down to camp,
Along with Captain Gooding,
And there we saw the men and boys
As thick as hasty pudding.

Chorus

Here is a fun activity to try for kicks, a doodle personality test. Get out a standard sheet of blank paper and a pen or pencil. Draw a pig. Do NOT read the following until you have drawn your pig and are satisfied with it.

Pig Interpretation
If the pig is drawn:
Toward the top of the paper, you are positive and optimistic.
Toward the middle, you are a realist.
Toward the bottom, you are pessimistic, and have a tendency to behave negatively.
Facing left, you believe in tradition, are friendly, and remember dates. (birthdays, etc.)
Facing right, you are innovative and active, but don’t have a strong sense of family, nor do you remember dates.
Facing front (looking at you), you are direct, enjoy playing devil’s advocate and neither fear nor avoid discussions.
With many details, you are analytical, cautious, and distrustful.
With few details, you are emotional and naïve, you care little for details and are a risk-taker.
With less than 4 legs showing, you are insecure or are living through a period of major change.
With 4 legs showing, you are secure, stubborn, and stick to your ideals.
The size of the ears indicates how good a listener you are. The bigger the better.
The length of the tail indicates the quality of your love life!

(from: http://www.doodle-art-alley.com/doodle-personality-test.html)

Benefits of doodling can be found at the following websites:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/minding-the-body/201110/doodle-mind-body-wellness

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7912671.stm

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1882127,00.html

http://bps-research-digest.blogspot.com/2009/12/what-does-doodle-do-it-boosts-your.html

http://alecrios.com/importance-of-doodling

Doodle interpretation information can be found at the following websites:

http://www.doodle-art-alley.com/doodle-interpretation.html

http://www.annakoren.com/doodles.html

http://ww.2knowmyself.com/Doodles_analysis_psychology/doodles_interpretation_personality

Other wonderful doodling websites:

Doodle Art Alley

Doodler’s Anonymous

Squidoo

Zentangle

Creating Minds

Scrapjazz

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Comments on: "Doodle" (12)

  1. What a great post. Thank you! Off to draw pigs…

  2. Thanks for the mention. Even though you linked to one of my least favorite doodles. 🙂 as a new blogger I really appreciate it.

  3. aliblu5308 said:

    I often doodled in school. I found that I could in fact listen better when I was drawing. I got my drawing paper and pencils taken away a lot because of that. The demand that a person stops all activity and stare at the person talking just leads one to daydreaming.

    • I so totally relate to your comment. The only way I could focus was to doodle…nothing frustrated me more than for a teacher or professor to say, “put your pencils down and listen. REALLY? BUT, I actively listen when I am doodling notes.”
      🙂 Angi

  4. Satina Scott said:

    That’s an amazing amount of information on doodling! Thank you! In the last year I have from feeling guilty about doodling to realizing its divinity and importance in my life and that of others. Wonderful article I hope lots of people read.

  5. jounisakari said:

    Hello dear beLOVEd Angi .
    I installed ORT in my social network in Ning environment , so it’s possible to “doodle” there too * warm smiles * , I hope you could check it out sometime . I also implemented the idea of “doodling” in SCR-# processing , it reminds much of veda-drawing that I have done in my earlier “younghood” … Now I am closing to my 50 years being young , so I might find out something of my doodles from my archives , so it’s the idea to set up a gallery then … oh my , thank you for the idea dear, you are so much inspiration !!! * lol * Blessings . Jouni Sakari

    • Thank you so very much Jouni Sakari!! I deeply appreciate your kind words. I look forward to checking out ORT on your site. Thank you so much for all your support and your wonderful SCR-# PROCESS. That is a phenomenal philosophy and tool that you created! You inspire me. 😉 ♥ Love and blessings, Angi

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