Friday, February 14, 2014


I was reading an article the other day on the positive effects of doodling. There is now a book out, by Sunni Brown, on how you can improve your "idle" drawings and reap the benefit of -

1. Improved focus. Yes, apparently drawing during lessons or at meetings keeps your mind from drifting off topic. I have to presume, though, that you are drawing pictures of the subject being discussed. If not than you are being "drawn" off topic :)

2. Better information retention. Well I guess that it follows on from improved focus. If doodling helps you focus, it should also help you retain information from the lesson or meeting.

3. Creative problem solving. Apparently doodling helps you access parts of your brain that are very helpful in discussions or brain-storming sessions.

4. Information integration. Doodling or drawing pictures, according to the author, helps you understand better the information you have been given.

5. Emotional release. Drawing has always been considered a release or manifestation of inner tension. It's often interesting to attempt to interpret doodles. Are they small windows to the soul?

Play me hearts and flowers :)

The focus of the book is to help you improve your doodling and thereby increase all of the above benefits. Ms Brown says that once you start doodling, you should never judge your work. It's always better to let your work evolve and improve naturally. You can speed this improvement, however, by learning the "visual alphabet." Actually the thought of learning a new way of communicating was what really got me hooked. The visual alphabet is as follows: the point, line, angle, arc, spiral, loop, oval, eye, triangle, rectangle, house and cloud.

Finally there is the interpretation of these visual metaphors. What have you made them stand for? I know that when I did a lot of doodling - mainly in school - I always drew violins, flowers and hearts. I liked curvy symmetrical figures. They were like brackets, enclosing me in an aesthetic world. I guess that I needed to escape from a world of uncertainty into a world of love, beauty and art.

The picture? Clearly I need to work on improving those doodles!!

Have a great day!!

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