Friday, June 16, 2006


The Drawing Hand

"The Drawing Hand"

March 1999

"The difference seems to lie mainly in the function which doodling has in the lives of the untrained normal and abnormal individuals.While doodles may occupy a significant part in the life of the mentally ill, they are incidental products of the normal. Occasional observations of untrained normal individuals, as well as self-observations, suggest that doodling tends to occur while one is either "unoccuoied" or in a state of distracted attention, i.e., when the ego is fully occupied with something else. At first one is frequently aware of a certain purposive idea, an "intention to draw", which may refer to any geometrical or decorative design. In some instances, one may "intend" to reproduce some object in the environment; in others, there is no such intention. In the course of doodling this intention gets lost. The drawing hand "creates" autonomously; lines or steps "suggest" subsequent ones. Clinical Observations suggest that doodling has a frequent if not regular dynamic function for the normal: Fantasies and thoughts hidden in doodles are those of which the doodler wants to liberate himself, lest they disturb the process of concentration. While there are cases in which the function of doodling is similar for psychotics, in mant, and probably in most, instances its function is quite different. The doodle tends to be taken "seriously"; it may becomes a highly invested product.
-Unknown sourse

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