Many of us believe that what we dream gives us insight to who we are and what we are feeling.  So not so hard to imagine is that when your mind is wandering and your hand starts to doodle there may be messages there as well.

So what is you most consistent doodle?  Stars, flowers, boxes and arrows frequently crop up for many of us — common symbols of aspirations and feelings.

Here are a few thoughts from the professionals at


Often times a nicely drawn, good-looking face suggests you see the good in others. If you sketch weird or ugly faces, you are probably mistrustful.

Comic faces demonstrate a desire to be the center of attention. Child-like doodles of faces suggest neediness. Profiles indicate you’re an introvert.

Checker boards:

The black and white checkerboard doodle suggests patience and persistence. Perhaps you are weighing-up various options regarding a tricky situation? It’s also the favorite doodle of people who are prone to mood swings.



Soft, rounded petals around a circular flower center suggest an amiable, family-centric person. If you doodle a bunch of perky-looking flowers you are likely to be sociable. If the center of your flower is a circle, but your petals are pointy, you are probably hiding a warm heart behind a prickly defensiveness.

Things in flight:

Fluttering butterflies, birds and bees suggest you don’t want to be tied down — or landed with difficult tasks or problems.



Drawing a heart indicates you’re in love with love.




Stairs or ladders:

Symbols of ambition and a willingness to work your way methodically ‘up the ladder’ in life, drawings of stairs and ladders also often indicate you have an important, long-term task in hand. They can represent a spiritual quest, too, perhaps a desire to be happier or more relaxed.


A person subconsciously ‘aiming’ at his or her ‘target’. A determined person with a specific goal in mind will draw arrows,.

If the arrow is sharp and angular, the target probably is something important — perhaps a person who needs to be confronted or a job that needs to be applied for.


Boats and planes:

Doodling any form of transport often indicates a desire to escape from a situation.




This common doodle indicates a need for security. A neat drawing of a house suggests a secure home life, a more messy-looking sketch (especially one without windows) indicates unhappiness with your home life.


A Web:

This can symbolize a feeling of being trapped — or the desire to entice someone into a particular relationship or situation.



Doodling your name or initials is common for those who enjoy being the center of attention. Doodling someone else's name, on the other hand, shows they are in your thoughts — perhaps romantically or because they are a presenting a problem you need to deal with.



Stars are often drawn by ambitious people. Lots of little stars indicate optimism. If you’ve drawn one big, bold, embellished star, you’ve got a definite goal in your sights. Neat, uniform stars suggest good mental focus, while freehand, asymmetric stars show an energetic personality.


Drawing a square indicates you want control of a situation — that you are thinking through a problem.

If your squares progress to a cube or box, you’re likely to be a very efficient, analytical person who can deal with difficult situations with  little fuss.

Lightning or zig zags:

patterns made up of lots of straight lines, indicate more aggressive masculine characteristics. Zigzags are a particularly common doodle and show energetic thinking and a desire to get on with things.


Stick man

Commonly doodled by highly successful people, the simple stick figure reveals someone who is in control of their emotions and incredibly focused on their goals in life.