The Art of Doodling

Posted by: Priya Senroy on April 16, 2013 8:00 am

Hello readers…..call it hiatus, call it sabbatical or call or taking break….that was good but it is good to be back contributing again to the blogs…..

I wanted to share one of my recent fads or obsession-Doodling…..yes doodling—-I have got into trouble for doodling during staff meetings, during taking notes  in the sessions ….but that’s what you get from people who do not understand that doodling is a serious business and for me….its visual land of  remembering and recording….not to mention relieving stress and I have been  advocating what I have been practicing—have introduced to my clients, to my children and  it’s all about doodle journaling.

…… it seems that I am not the only one ‘crazy enough’ to have found the therapeutic benefits of doodling…. Oprah .com quotes from the April 2010 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine: The old thinking: Scribbling circles on a notepad while your company’s chief inspiration officer drones on about synergy means you have trouble focusing or described as a rough drawing made absent-mindedly in  Oxford Dictionary.

Well that was the old way, this is the new wisdom: Doodling can boost your mind’s ability to notice and remember mundane information by nearly 30 percent, according to research from the University of Plymouth. The theory is that the act of drawing makes use of visuospacial processes in the brain that might otherwise be used for daydreaming, thereby preventing your mind from wandering.  Doodling is defined as a type of sketch or unfocused drawing made while a person’s attention is otherwise occupied. In the same way that dreams are said to offer us a glimpse into our unconscious, psychologists believe doodling can give us an insight into our deepest thoughts and feelings ( Lucas, S 2013) I am not saying that just because its Oprah it has to be   a great technique-but it is an evidence based work in progress for me and I have found it to be amazing counseling tool .

Check out these websites if you want to know more about Doodles :

http://counsellingcentral.com/psychology-of-doodling/

http://www.createmixedmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Z2784_Journal_Doodling.pdf

http://pinterest.com/rachelross123/doodle-therapy/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Doodle-Therapy/226790217336762

http://counsellingcentral.com/psychology-of-doodling/

So next time you doodle, doodle with confidence and doodle to relieve stress




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