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11 Nissan 5765 - April 20, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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How Do You Doodle?

Dear Rabbi Engel,

In order to advance at my firm, I was required to take a variety of examinations. (I got the promotion!) One test request, I felt, was quite odd: "Write a few sentences and sketch the doodle that you draw most frequently." What they told me about myself was startling. I am now fascinated to learn how such scribbles reveal so much. Can you please give some examples of doodles and their explanations? How could they know what I was thinking? They indicated in their report that I am left-handed, which is true. How did they know this? Was this also from the doodle? I never met the people who did the evaluation.

Sincerely, N.S.

Dear N.S.:

The following doodles are the most common: 1) Figure 1, disclosing heavy, angular strokes, shows repressed feelings of anger.

2) An autograph repeated several times testifies to one who is egotistical.

3) A design repeated many times indicates frustration.

4) Figure 4, squares or other geometric designs, signifies a practical nature.

5) An arrow (or arrows) demonstrates a calculating, perhaps cool, temperament.

6) Separate square or squares disclose the practical.

7) Geometrically linked squares reveal concrete, practical concepts.

8) The tightly drawn whirl indicates being tense, anxious.

9) The three-dimensional forms being doodled in Figure 9 display a probing intellect.

10) Sharp, jagged lines expose resentment, even hostility. These doodles are often drawn during an argument.

11) A triangle illustrates a strong, well-directed mind in the adult and an exceptional intelligence in children under the age of six.

12) The curved lines in Figure 12 are indicative of one who is easy going, good-natured.

13) A circle, as in Figure 13, reveals a closing up, a warding off of the outside world.

14) Figure 14, displays steps and ladders, indicating the desire to climb up in the world.

15) The tick marks in Figure 15 betoken one concentrating on the business at hand.

16) In Figure 16, we see short, confused dashes, displaying the dynamic, colorful, forceful, creative, restless personality.

17) The jagged lines in Figure 17 are indicative of aggression and the need to defend oneself.

18) A figure in a frame tells of one believing in safety first.

19) The involved design in Figure 19 demonstrates shrewdness, diplomacy, and, simultaneously, a fear of persecution.

20) Figure 20's crossbars show one who is instinctively rebellious, pugnacious.

21) Linked circles reveal a logical, deductive, consequential character.

22) The spider web without links discloses one who is systematic, analytical, and able to organize.

23) Animal doodlers are usually nature lovers, depending upon the type of animal drawn.

24) How one doodles a house will show whether or not the doodler wants to communicate with others. If the house has no doors or windows, the doodler is aloof. If there is a path, doorway and a doorknob, as in Figure 24, the doodler wants company.

25) Smoke coming out of the chimney is a sign of warmth.

26) Rounded, cloud-like shapes with curves lying within each other display sensitivity to the needs of others, flexibility, even in difficult situations, and a tendency toward daydreaming.

Although doodling a vehicle (whether a boat, train, or plane) shows a desire to travel, it also suggests an underlying feeling of anxiety that some adaptation to a situation or to one's life is needed, hence the desire to go elsewhere.

You asked if your mind was "read" by the examiners. They did not know what you were thinking. Our Rabbis taught: "Seven things are hidden from men . . . and a man does not know what is in his fellow man's heart." (Pesachim, 54b). Doodles, as you have seen, are quite revealing.

Although a graphologist cannot determine with absolute certainty whether a particular writer is left-handed or right- handed, there are hints. For instance, in the majority of cases, when a right-handed writer crosses the 't' bar, the left side of the bar will be thicker and the right side thinner (Figure 3). The writer's mind is already on the next letter or word, so he quickly eases up on the pressure and races on; and, this is true of the left-handed writer as well. But the latter usually crosses the 't' bar from right to left, so the right side of the 't' bar will be thicker and the left side thinner (Figure 4).

It was from the handwriting sample you gave them that the examiners determined you were left-handed (see arrows. Good luck with your new position. Rabbi Yoseph Engel is a marriage counselor and author of Advice for Living (Feldheim Publishers) Graphology at Home, Handwriting Analysis Self- Taught (Penguin Books.) He can be reached at: 0524-248154


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