Two plays by Federico Garcia Lorca - Blood Wedding at the BU Theatre Studio 210 through October 13, and Yerma at SFA's Studio 104 through October 14

Vol. V No. 9   ·   12 October 2001 


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What does doodling say about a person's personality? Do certain types of doodles stand out as expressions of particular traits?

"That's an interesting question," says Robert Harrison, a CAS associate professor of psychology. "I would consider doodling as a form of fantasy. To explore this a bit further, you can read The Inner World of Daydreaming -- a book by Jerome L. Singer, a professor of psychology in the Yale Child Study Center and codirector of the Yale Family Television Research and Consultation Center."

Singer, who has written books on children's play and the developing imagination, the creative uses of fantasy, imagery and daydream methods in psychotherapy, and television's impact on a child's imagination, uses conscious experience as reflected in an ongoing stream of thoughts, fantasies, daydreams, and inner monologues to study the human personality.

"Basically, there are three types of daydreaming -- wish-fulfilling, anxious-worried, and planning," says Harrison. "My guess is that doodling is some mixture between sketching pleasurable (wish-fulfilling) images and sketching horrible scenarios one would not wish on anyone. Doodlers are probably more fastasy-prone than nondoodlers, and may differ in their drawing abilities.

"So, doodling is an expression of current concerns, and not diagnostic of any inborn personality trait."

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12 October 2001
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